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Titian1488 — 1576

"The Sun amidst small stars"

"The Sun amidst small stars"

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.

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Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

Adonis Relinquishing Venus for the Hunt

1460
Pastoral Concert

Pastoral Concert

1509
Sacred and Profane Love

Sacred and Profane Love

1514
Flora

Flora

1515
Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin

1516-1518
Bacchus and Ariadne

Bacchus and Ariadne

1522-1523
Mars, Venus and Amor

Mars, Venus and Amor

1530
Man with a Quilted Sleeve

Man with a Quilted Sleeve

1530
David and Goliath

David and Goliath

1542-1544
The Sacrifice of Isaac

The Sacrifice of Isaac

1542-1544
Sisyphus

Sisyphus

1548-1549
Glory

Glory

1551-1554
Portrait of Doge Francesco Venier

Portrait of Doge Francesco Venier

1554-1556
The Burial of Christ - 1559

The Burial of Christ - 1559

1559
Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence

Allegory of Time Governed by Prudence

1550-1565
Christ Carrying the Cross

Christ Carrying the Cross

1565
The Tribute Money

The Tribute Money

1560-1568
Self-portrait

Self-portrait

1565-1570
The Burial of Christ

The Burial of Christ

1572
Spain Succouring Religion

Spain Succouring Religion

1575
1401
A rich boy makes friends and paints for fun
Vincenzo Catena
Star boy parties himself to death
Raphael Sanzio
Titian
Copying Leonardo da Vinci for fun and profit.
Giampietrino
A butcher's son swept off his feet by a renaissance master.
Agnolo Bronzino
1600

The artists of Italian Renaissance