The Renaissance Artist

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The Life of Titian

Titian was born in the year 1477 in Pieve di Cadore, Italy. When he was about five he moved to Venice to study painting for his entire training in painting. His education started with Sebastiano Zuccato who was a mosaicist. From there he learned to paint with direction from Giovanni Bellini as well as Giorgione who studied in the same art school. Titian lived in Venice with relatives and and was determined from there to painting in order to earn a small fame. By the end of his life, Titian had created more paintings than any other Renaissance artist including works like The Vendramin Family and The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence. Throughout Titian's career he was patronized by many people including: Alfonso d'Esto, Duke of Ferrara, as well as the court of Montua (where he painted mostly portraits for Federico II, the Duke of Montua), the Duke of Urbino (Francesco Maria della Rovere), Guidobaldo II, and Phillip II of Spain. Titian is connected mostly to individualism and scientific naturalism. In many cases, Titian's works are of nude women such as Venus and the Lute Player. He liked to portray the pain in love and desire. In the same pocture is an example of scientific naturalism. Behind Venus and the lute player is a view of mountains, trees, and a pond.

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Phillip II of Spain, one of Titians patrons

Titian's Work

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This is one of Titian's more famous works called, The Vendramin Family. It was created from 1545-1547 and is on display at the National Gallery in London. What's significant about the painting and what I find interesting is that the backround is just clouds in the blue sky. Critics suggested maybe the alter they stand on is just floating in the sky which I think is an interesting explanation. The cross is very significant as well. It is called the "true cross" since it was taken from the Holy Land and entrusted with the family.The painting well demonstrates scientific naturalism with the blue sky and clouds in it. It represents being completely outdoors instead of just a window in the back because there are no walls.

What I Find Interesting

As Titian's career flourished he became more and more renowned around all of Europe. He was in contact withPope Paolo III at one point. He lived to be around 90 years of age because his birth date varies among sources. This is really spectacular because of the time he was in there were many dangers in diseases that took many lives much earlier than 90. Titian's eventual death was the result of plague on August 27, 1576. All the time he didn't care too much for money as long as he kept painting because he just wanted to be known for his trade. In my mind he was a fairly humble man.


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