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Titian

Italian, 1488–1576

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Titian

Italian, 1488–1576

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Known for his expressive brushwork, brilliant color, and hazy, atmospheric effects, Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecelli, called Titian, along with Giorgione, was the founder of arte moderna, a nuanced style characterized by dynamic asymmetry and non-hierarchical compositions that broke from the work of his master, Giovanni Bellini. After Giorgione and Bellini died, Titian introduced many innovations and was the considered the master of Venetian painting. Titian's 1548 painting Equestrian Portrait of Charles V established equestrian portraiture as a new genre that referenced both the Roman tradition of equestrian sculpture and the medieval representations of Christian knights. One of Titian’s most famous paintings is The Rape of Europa (1562), which introduced a powerful diagonal structure—almost baroque in its blurred lines, swirling color, and vibrant brushwork. After a very successful career with many prestigious commissions, Titian died of the plague that swept Venice in 1576.

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Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 4 more
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National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 4 more
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The Guardian
Biography

Known for his expressive brushwork, brilliant color, and hazy, atmospheric effects, Renaissance painter Tiziano Vecelli, called Titian, along with Giorgione, was the founder of arte moderna, a nuanced style characterized by dynamic asymmetry and non-hierarchical compositions that broke from the work of his master, Giovanni Bellini. After Giorgione and Bellini died, Titian introduced many innovations and was the considered the master of Venetian painting. Titian's 1548 painting Equestrian Portrait of Charles V established equestrian portraiture as a new genre that referenced both the Roman tradition of equestrian sculpture and the medieval representations of Christian knights. One of Titian’s most famous paintings is The Rape of Europa (1562), which introduced a powerful diagonal structure—almost baroque in its blurred lines, swirling color, and vibrant brushwork. After a very successful career with many prestigious commissions, Titian died of the plague that swept Venice in 1576.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Articles Featuring Titian
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Jun 5th, 2020
Artists Have Been Celebrating the Medical Profession since the Renaissance
The Overlooked Role of Black Women in Renaissance Paintings
May 27th, 2020
The Overlooked Role of Black Women in Renaissance Paintings
Tintoretto Was the Unsung Hero of the Venetian Renaissance
Feb 19th, 2019
Tintoretto Was the Unsung Hero of the Venetian Renaissance
How Spain’s Kings Hid Thousands of Nude Paintings from the Catholic Church
Oct 19th, 2017
How Spain’s Kings Hid Thousands of Nude Paintings from the Catholic Church
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