Tiziano Vecelli (c. 1485 - 1576) , better known as Titian, was a great 16th century painter who major works included portraits, religious paintings, mythological scenes, and nudes. He is best known for his development of modern portraiture, and his extraordinary use of color. Many consider Titian to be the founder of modern painting because of his influence on other masters that he inspired (El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Picasso). Though his favorite color was red, his palette was large, and Titian applied color in very novel ways. Our collection includes many of his most well known portraits including Pope Paul, Ariosto, Isabella d'Este, Laura de'Dianti, Doge Andrea Gritti, Lavinia (his daughter), King Phillip II, Charles V, Eleonora Gonzaga Delle Rovere, Empress Isabel of Portugal, Ranuccio Farnese, and Federigo II, Gonzaga. There are also 2 self-portraits, and many mythological scenes including Bacchus, Venus, and Adonis.

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Self Portrait

Ariosto

Assunta

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DanaŽ and the Shower of Gold

Venus Anadyomene

Bacchus and Ariadne

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The Bacchanal of the Andrians

Portrait of Isabella d'Este

Portrait of Laura de Dianti

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Portrait of Doge Andrea Gritti

Self Portrait

Titan's daughter Lavinia

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Mater Dolorosa

King Philip II as Prince

Emperor Charles V Seated

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Pope Paul

Clarice Strozzi

St. John the Baptist

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Venus of Urbino

Eleonora Gonzaga Delle Rovere

Mary Magdalen Repentant

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Madonna and Child with St. Catherine and a Rabbit

Venus and Adonis

Empress Isabel of Portugal

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Portrait of Count Antonio Porcia

Portrait of an Old Man (pietro Cardinal Bembo)

Portrait of Ranuccio Farnese

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Man with Gloves

Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap

Flora

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Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Violante

Profane Love

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Do Not Touch Me

Saint Mark Enthroned

La Schiavona

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The Tribute Money

Venus with a Mirror

Federico II Gonzaga

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Titian (real name Tiziano Vecellio, c. 1485 - 1576) was the most important painter of the Venetian school. His mastery was unsurpassed in portraits, mythological compositions and religious art. He revolutionized the use of color and is considered to be a pivotal figure in Western art.

Titian was born in the small village of Pieve di Cadore in the Italian Alps, then part of the Venetian Republic, sometime between 1485 and 1490. The exact date of his birth is not known because Titian purposely made himself out to be older than he was in order to play upon the sympathies of his patrons. The Vecellio family into which was born was comfortably off. Several other family members were artists and some of them were renowned.

When Titian was around nine to twelve years old he was sent to Venice together with one of his brothers, and apprenticed to Sebastiano Zuccati, a master mosaicist,. Not long afterwards he entered the studio of Giovanni Bellini, who had a lasting influence on him. While studying under Bellini, Titian met Giorgione and the two painters became so close both in style and in friendship that it is often very difficult to differentiate between their works.

At first, Titian was Giorgioneís assistant and the two artists collaborated on the frescoes for the exterior of the German Exchange on the Grand Canal. The frescoes have mostly not survived. Giorgione died unexpectedly in 1510 and it fell to Titian (who many already considered to be the better artist) to complete his commissions. Giovanni Bellini died in 1516 and Titian became the leading artist in Venice. He was to be unrivalled in the city-state for his entire 60-year career.

By now Titian was much in demand and he set up his own studio on the Grand Canal. He was very good at getting pensions and support from wealthy patrons, even though he liked to plead poverty. At around the time of Belliniís death he succeeded in being nominated as official painter of the Venetian Republic. He was producing masterpieces of dramatic composition whose color work was fresh and revolutionary. Each painting he produced caused a sensation. An example is his masterpiece the Assumption of the Virgin, painted in 1518. Such bold colors and grand scale had never been seen before.

Titian was in a relationship with Cecilia, a young woman from his home town; the couple married when their second son, Orazio, was born in 1525. They went on to have two daughters, only one of whom survived. Cecilia died in childbirth in 1530 and Titian never remarried. His sister, and later his daughter, Lavinia, would take care of his household. Orazio became Titianís assistant and was a notable portrait painter. A change became apparent in Titianís work after his wifeís death. His paintings were now more reserved, both in form and color. There were fewer contrasting colors and more pale shades used in juxtaposition.

Meanwhile, Titian had been neglecting his obligations to the government of Venice. In 1538 they ordered him to refund money he received for work on the Dogeís palace and appointed one of his rivals in his place. But the rival died within the year and Titian, who in the meantime had dutifully applied himself to painting a victorious Venetian battle, was reinstated.

In 1548, Emperor Charles V summoned Titian to Augsburg to paint two portraits and in 1550 he was summoned there again, this time to paint a portrait of the Emperorís son, who was to become King Philip II of Spain.

Sometime after 1550, Titian returned to Venice and his style changed again. He worked on a commission for King Philip II of Spain Ė a series of mythological paintings the most famous of which is the Rape of Europa. In this work form becomes vapid. The intense color and strong brushstrokes dissolve in hazy textures giving the impression of impending doom.

Titian died of the plague in Venice on August 27, 1576. He was around 91 years old and his formidable career had spanned over 60 years. He had been a supreme master during his lifetime -- his contemporaries called him ďthe sun amidst small starsĒ -- and a major influence on future generations after his death.

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