The Great Artist Titian

Zachary Ladue

Titian's Background

Titian was born circa 1477, or 1488-90 A.D., depending on who you ask, in Pieve di Cadore, Italy. He spent a lot of his life in Venice, Italy, and then in 1431, in his huge property, Casa Grande. Titian was originally trained by the mosaicist Sebastiano Zuccati. He worked with Giovanni Bellini, and then with Giorgione. His life was mostly just relaxing and painting, and he lived a laid back lifestyle. Titian painted mostly religious art, or art of Roman Gods and Goddesses. He painted paintings, and drew a few drawings. Some of his paintings' names are: "Christ and the Adultress", "The Adoration of the Sheperds" and "". His patrons were many and all in princely or high and powerful positions either politically, economically, or religiously.

Assumption of the Virgin

Assumption of the Virgin was painted between 1516-1518. One may see this piece at the highest altar of the BascilIca di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, Italy. This piece marked a peak in Titian's artwork and the triumph of the High Renaissance in Venetian painting. It was painted in oil on panel. I find this piece to be so interesting because, unlike most Renaissance artists, it adhered to traditional values, as it was a religious piece of art, and I honestly sympathize with Savonarola and pretty much agree with him. However, one "ism" that it did have, was skepticism, because it makes use of oil paints, which were a relatively new idea in the Renaissance.


Titian, Christ and the Adultress, 1512-1515, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, ARTstor LESSING_ART_10310120508

Titian, Emperor Charles V at the Battle of Muehlberg, 1547, Museo del Prado, ARTstor LESSING_ART_10310120415

Titian, Assumption of the Virgin, 1516-1518 ,Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Venice, Italy), ARTstor LESSING_ART_1039490518

Titian, Noli me tangere, 1553, Museo del Prado, ARTstor LESSING_ART_10310120563

"Titian." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.