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The sitter is a prominent Venetian admiral, probably Francesco Duodo, who was a key figure at the Battle of Lepanto (1571). The Holy League sought to seize control of the Mediterranean from the Ottoman Turks during this major naval battle.

Titian is considered one of the foremost artists of the Italian Renaissance. His pictorial style, his bold use of colour and virtuoso technique inspired many generations of artists, including Rubens and Van Dyck. Both these Antwerp masters also owned several paintings by Titian.



  • Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (1485/90 – 1576)
  • Venetian admiral, probably Francesco Duodo
  • Oil on canvas
  • Long-term loan, The Phoebus Foundation


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