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Titian
"The Sun amidst small stars"

Titian, The Artists
Portrait of Titian

Titian, born Tiziano Vecellio, was the undisputed master of Venetian painting from the day his teacher Giorgione, died in 1510. Already a formidable painter, Titian would have been about 22, had painted in the studios of the masters for over a decade, and was ready to stretch his wings. He completed his first recognized masterpiece, The Assumption of the Virgin, in 1518 — a massive 690 x 360 cm alterpiece, and a massive commission to boot. The Assumption cemeted Titian as a sought-after master of composition, bold color, and high drama.

Titian’s work made him rich. By 1540 he recieved a regular pension from the Marquis del Vasto, and 200 crowns per year from the Emperor Charles V. His grand religious works like The Death of St Peter Martyr, were supported by numerous portrait commissions — where Titian brought tremendous human expression to the faces of the royalty of the day.

But old age brought a new muse to, and from the age of sixty, Titian became obsessed with perfection, hiding his canveses in his studio for years at a time — redrawing and retouching. His daughter died in 1560, and Titian’s crisp outlines and bold colors disappeared — replaced with a foggy, scratchy style who’s expression and melancholy can be seen as a precursor to Goya, even the expressionists.

Titian was also written about by his contemporary, Giorgio Vasari, in The Lives of the Artists: Titian.

Reed Enger, "Titian, "The Sun amidst small stars"," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 15, 2016; last modified May 21, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/titian-tiziano-vecellio/.

Further reading atwikipedia.org

Titian was an Italian artist born in 1488. Titian contributed to the Italian Renaissance movement and died in 1576.

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt, Titian

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

1460
Pastoral Concert, Giorgione

Pastoral Concert

1509
Sacred and Profane Love, Titian

Sacred and Profane Love

1514
Flora, Titian

Flora

1515
Assumption of the Virgin, Titian

Assumption of the Virgin

1516-1518
Bacchus and Ariadne, Titian

Bacchus and Ariadne

1522-1523
Man with a Quilted Sleeve, Titian

Man with a Quilted Sleeve

1530
Mars, Venus and Amor, Titian

Mars, Venus and Amor

1530
David and Goliath, Titian

David and Goliath

1542-1544
The Sacrifice of Isaac, Titian

The Sacrifice of Isaac

1542-1544
Sisyphus, Titian

Sisyphus

1548-1549
Glory, Titian

Glory

1551-1554
Portrait of Doge Francesco Venier, Titian

Portrait of Doge Francesco Venier

1554-1556
The Burial of Christ - 1559, Titian

The Burial of Christ - 1559

1559
Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence, Titian

Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence

1550-1565
Christ Carrying the Cross, Titian

Christ Carrying the Cross

1565
The Tribute Money, Titian

The Tribute Money

1560-1568
Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes, Titian

Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes

c. 1570
Self-portrait, Titian

Self-portrait

1565-1570
The Burial of Christ, Titian

The Burial of Christ

1572
Spain Succouring Religion, Titian

Spain Succouring Religion

1575

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