Titian and his Friends

Remaining in the Royal Collection today, where it is thought to be a skilled copy after Titian, this self-portrait of the artist and a senator is commonly referred to as “Titian and his Friends”. It is fitting that Charles hung a likeness of Titian in this room, essentially a shrine to the artist – it would have functioned like a signature.

Van der Doort c.1639


Picture of Titian himself painted by himself, and his friend a Venetian Senator - in a red velvet Venetian Senator's gown, half-length

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 16, № 11
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
2ft 9in x 3ft 1in (83.8 x 94cm)
light from the right, light from the left
old carved gilded frame
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 20
Charles II inventory c1666: 
Whitehall, no 531, 84 x 94
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

(by himself [Titian])