Titian, ‘Bacchus and Ariadne’, 1520-1523, The National Gallery, London

Signature: Signed

Collection: National Gallery, London. Bought, 1826

About Titian

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.

Italian, 1488-1576, based in Venice, Italy

Solo Shows on Artsy

Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames, The National Gallery, London, London

Group Shows on Artsy

George Shaw: My Back to Nature, The National Gallery, London, London
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
In the Age of Giorgione, Royal Academy of Arts, London
The Sultan's World: The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art, Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Brussels
European Art 1300-1800, Statens Museum for Kunst