Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) (Italian, Venetian, born ca. 1488, died 1576)
Oil on canvas; 19 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (50.2 x 45.1 cm)
Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913 (14.40.640)
Formerly ascribed to Giorgione, this painting is now generally regarded as an early work by Titian of about 1515. In view of its condition, no firm attribution is possible. The surface is seriously abraded, and the canvas has been cut down. It is likely that the right arm originally rested on a parapet and that the whole of the gloved right hand was shown.