Man with a Blue Sleeve (Titian)
Date ca. 1520
Movement High Renaissance
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 32 x 26″
Housed at The National Gallery, London
Titian places his subject in profile and has him turn to meet the viewer’s eye; though this arrangement was pioneered by the Flemish, Titian embeds the painting with soft, contrasting hues to make it all his own. Though the identity of this man is unknown, we can certainly tell that he was of a high social standing, given his luxurious sleeve and fur robe. Some scholars have thought this man to be the poet Ariosto or a wealthy Venetian patron, while others believe it to be a self-portrait of Titian himself.