Titian, ‘Venus and Adonis’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Titian

Venus and Adonis

Oil on canvas
42 × 52 1/2 in
106.7 × 133.4 cm
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Jules Bache Collection, 1949), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
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.

Titian, ‘Venus and Adonis’, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Jules Bache Collection, 1949), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
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.

Titian

Venus and Adonis

Oil on canvas
42 × 52 1/2 in
106.7 × 133.4 cm
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