Artist school of Titian, Italian, ca.1488-1576
  • Portrait of a Bearded Man
Date c. 1515
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 31 3/4 × 27 3/4 inches (80.6 × 70.5 cm)
Framed: 43 1/8 × 39 × 3 7/8 inches (109.5 × 99.1 × 9.8 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Eleanor Clay Ford
Accession Number 77.4
Department European Painting
Not On View
Venice, Collection Cristopher Orsetti (by 1648);
Great Britain, Collection Sir Abraham Hume, Bart. (purchased 1786);
Great Britain, Ashbridge Park, Herts., Viscount Alford Hume (1838, grandson of Hume and son of first Earl Brownlow), by inheritance;
Great Britain, Ashbridge Park, Berkhampstead, Herts., Collection Lord Brownlow, (died 1923), by inheritance;
New York, Duveen Brothers (dealer-1926), from whom purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford;
Grosse Pointe Shores. Mi., Collection Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford (1977); bequeathed by
Eleanor Clay Ford to the DIA in 1977.
Ridolfi, Carlo. Le Meraviglie d'Arte. Venice, 1648, vol. 1, p. 182.

Fifth Loan Exhibition of Old and Modern Masters. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, October 1927, p. 21, cat. 21. [as "Old Man"]

Heil, Walter. The Sixth Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: Paintings by Titian. Exh. cat., Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1928, unpaginated, cat. 3 (ill.). [lent by Mr. & Mrs. Edsel Ford]

Washburn Freund, Frank. "Paintings by Titian in America," International Studio 90, no. 372 (May 1928): 35-42, p. 40 (ill.).

Venturi, Lionello. Pitture Italiane in America. Milan, 1931, unpaginated, no. 377 (ill.).

Berenson, Bernhard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance; a list of the principal artists and their works. Oxford, 1932, p. 569. [as by Titian]

Suida, Wilhelm. Tizian. Leipzig, 1933, pp. 33, 156–157, 183, pl. 64a (ill.).

Suida, Wilhelm. Tiziano. Rome, 1933, pp. 32, 153, 180, pl. 64a (ill.).

Venturi, Lionello. Italian Paintings in America. New York, 1933, unpaginated, no. 509 (ill.).

Suida, Wilhelm. Le Titien. Paris, 1935, pp. 32-33, 161, 191, pl. 64a [as early Titian; notes Hume, Brownlow provenance]

Berenson, Bernhard. Pitture Italiane del Rinascimento. Milan, 1936, 489.

Gronau, Georg. "Some Portraits by Titian and Raphael." Art in America 25 (1937): 93-104, pp. 93-103, 92 (ill.).

Tietze, Hans. Titian: The Paintings and Drawings. New York, 1950, p. 369. [as a copy after Titian by a close follower of Tintoretto]

Tietze, Hans. Tizian: Gemälde und Zeichnungen. London, 1950, p. 371. [as early Titian; picture omitted in 1936 edition]

Berenson, Bernhard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, The Venetian School. London, 1957, vol. 1: p. 184.

Valcanover, Francesco. Tutta la pittura di Tiziano, vol. 1. Milan, 1960, p. 96. [doubts attribution; see 2nd ed., 1969, no. 70; dated ca. 1515]

Valcanover, Francesco. L'Opera Completa di Tiziano. Milan, 1969, p. 98 (ill.).

Palluchini, Rodolfo. Tiziano, Florence, 1969, p. 223, fig. 668. [as by close follower of Titian]

Wethey, Harold E. The Paintings of Titian. Vol. 2: The Portraits. London, 1971, p. 175, cat. X-78. [described as generic Venetian school]

Rearick, William. Tiziano e il Disegno Veneziano del suo tempo. Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi 45. Florence, 1976, pp. 123–24. [see no. 84. DIA picture, then in Ford collection, attributed to Girolamo Romanino on the basis of drawing by Romanino in the Uffizi]

"Annual Report 1976/1977", Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 56, no. 1 (1977): pp. 9, 23, 27.

Detroit City Council Journal. Detroit, 1977, p. 1060.

Bridenstine, James. Edsel and Eleanor Ford House. 1988, p. 20.

Secrest, Meryle. Duveen: a life in art. New York, 2004, p. 494.

Ferino-Pagden, Sylvia. Late Titian and the Sensuality of Painting. Venice, 2008, p. 87, note 25.

Borean, Linda. "Sir Abraham Hume as Collector and Writer," In The Reception of Titian in Britain from Reynolds to Ruskin. ed., P. Humfrey. London, 2013, pp. 88–89 (ill.).