Jacopo Pesaro Being Presented by Pope Alexander VI to St Peter

Titian’s stately painting shows Bishop Jacopo Pesaro presented by Pope Alexander VI to St Peter.

Commissioned by the Bishop to celebrate Venice’s naval victory over the Ottoman Turks, it was given to Charles I by the Earl of Arundel along with painting no. 1 in this room (Titian’s Tarquin and Lucretia). Interestingly, Van der Doort recorded it as “said to be Titian” rather than by the master outright; it is now considered one of his earliest works.

Van der Doort c.1639

Said to be Titian

Pope prefers the General of his Navy to St Peter, three slightly less than life-size figures, full-length

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 14, № 2
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
4ft 9in x 5ft 11in (144.8 x 180.3cm)
light from the left
painted all-over-gilded frame
Earl of Arundel
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 17
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51