National Geographic : 1956 Nov
o National Geographic Society 639 National Gallery of Art (Kress Collection, loan) TITIAN * Doge Andrea Gritti This portrait hears the artist's signature, TITIANUS E. F ., the E standing for eques (knight) and the F for fecit (made it). The imperious portrait powerfully reveals the artist's magical sense of color and psychological insight into his subjects. It was once owned by England's Charles I. The patrician Andrea Gritti, whose palace is today one of the luxury hotels of Venice, served the Republic as diplomat, military commander, and art patron, and as doge, or chief executive, from 1523 to 1538. Here he wears the corno, or horned cap, of the doge and the linen undercap that always covered his head as a mark of dignity. Critics believe that Titian based the hand on Michelangelo's statue of Moses in Rome.