Artist Titian, Italian, ca.1488-1576
Title
  • Man Holding a Flute
Date ca. between 1560 and 1565
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 39 7/16 × 30 9/16 × 5/8 inches (100.2 × 77.6 × 1.6 cm)
Framed: 48 1/8 × 39 1/2 × 3 1/8 inches (122.2 × 100.3 × 7.9 cm)
Image: 39 5/16 × 30 3/16 × 1/16 inches (99.8 × 76.6 × 0.1 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase
Accession Number 27.385
Department European Painting
Not On View
Signed Signed, on table, lower left: TITIANUS F[ECIT].
Inscriptions Inscribed, on verso, on label: Butler Esq | No frame | July 26/88
possibly Charles Butler (England);
until 1926, Baron von Stumm, possibly Ferdinand Eduard (Berlin, Germany);
(Van Diemen and Co., Berlin, Germany);
1927-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Agnew's. New York, 1926, no. 75.

Detlev, Baron von Hadeln. "An Unknown Titian Portrait." Burlington Magazine 49, no. 284 (November 1926): pp. 234–235 (ill.). [dated ca. 1560]

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American Magazine of Art 18, no. 12 (December 1927): frontispiece (ill.), pp. 627–628.

Fifth Loan Exhibition of Old and Modern Masters. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, October 1927, p. 21, cat. 22.

Heil, Walter. "A Portrait by Titian." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 9, no. 2 (November 1927): front cover, pp. 14–15 (ill.).

Helen W. Harvey. "Loan Exhibitions." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 9, no. 1 (October 1927): 8–9, p. 8.

"Titian is Acquired by Detroit Gallery" New York Times 77, no. 25,474 (October 23, 1927): p. 27.

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