Petworth portrait confirmed as Titian
A 16th century portrait of a young cardinal, at the National Trust’s Petworth House in Sussex, has been attributed to the Italian artist Titian following research and restoration for BBC Four’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces. The painting was first acquired as a Titian by the 3rd Earl of Egremont at Petworth, but in later years it was questioned whether the painting was really by Titian’s hand. Using x-ray and infrared techniques, and following specialist cleaning, the painting was declared to be by Titian.
Bendor Grosvenor with volunteers at Petworth House discussing the portrait