National Geographic : 1956 Nov
© National Geographic Society 638 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection, loan) TITIAN * Vincenzo Capello Titian was one of the most sought-after portraitists of his time; popes and crowned heads eagerly commissioned his services. Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire knighted the artist and conferred on him the title of count. Admiral Capello's portrait in gleaming armor calls to mind that in the 15th and early 16th centuries Venice was at the peak of its glory as a sea power, with colonies in Greece and Asia Minor. The baton identifies the commander of the Venetian fleet, a rank Capello held five times. Although Titian shows the sea lord as a heroic and stalwart figure, the history of Capello's campaigns against the Turks is one of failure because of the intense jealousy of other Italian cities. This painting was once attributed to Tintoretto.