Titian
(Tiziano Vecellio, ca. 1487-1576)
   The leading Venetian painter of the 16th century. He was born in northern Italy to an aris-tocratic family and was trained at Venice, first under a mosaicist, Se-bastiano Zuccato, but chiefly under the prominent painter Gentile Bellini. He may also have worked under Giovanni Bellini and Gior-gione before becoming an independent master. His early Bacchanal (1518) pursues an openly pagan theme and reflects the influence of ancient art as well as familiarity with engravings representing the great works of the High Renaissance at Rome. The animated quality of his painting is also evident in his religious works such as Madonna with Members of the Pesaro Family (1526). His most notable reli-gious works were the Assumption of the Virgin, The Entombment, and Christ Crowned with Thorns.
   After the premature death of Raphael, Titian became the most sought-after portraitist of the century. A striking individual portrait, Man with the Glove (1520), demonstrates the qualities that led to his dominance. His first portrait of the Emperor Charles V (1533) es-tablished his international reputation. The most striking reflection of human character in his portraits is Paul III and His Grandsons (1546), which demonstrates his ability to capture the dominating per-sonality of its central figure, the pope. Titian executed several addi-tional portraits and other works for Charles V, who granted him a patent of nobility, and he later served the emperor's son, Philip II of Spain, beginning with a portrait (1550-1551) but also including works based on classical mythology.
   As the greatest representative of the Venetian Renaissance tradition, Titian made striking use of color and lighting. He also made designs for several woodcuts that were printed and diffused widely through-out Europe and so spread his reputation far beyond Italy and Spain.

Historical Dictionary of Renaissance. . 2004.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Titian — • Biography of the artist, with bibliography Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Titian     Titian     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • titian — [tish′ən] n. [from the color of the hair in many of TITIAN s portraits] a color blending red and gold adj. reddish gold …   English World dictionary

  • Titian — Titian, Maler, s. Tiziano …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Titian — Venetian painter Tiziano Vecellio (c.1490 1576) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Titian — [tish′ən] (It. name Tiziano Vecellio) 1490? 1576; Venetian painter …   English World dictionary

  • Titian — Titianesque, adj. /tish euhn/, n. 1. (Tiziano Vecellio) c1477 1576, Italian painter. 2. (l.c.) a reddish brown or golden brown color: hair of titian. adj. 3. (l.c.) having titian color: titian hair. * * * orig. Tiziano Vecellio born 1488/90,… …   Universalium

  • Titian — Tiziano redirects here. For other uses, see Tiziano (disambiguation). For other uses, see Titian (disambiguation). Titian Titian self portrait, c.1567; Museo del Prado, Madrid Birth name …   Wikipedia

  • TITIAN — (d. 1576) Tiziano Vecellio was the most famous painter in sixteenth century Venice. His dynamic compositions, expressive brushwork, tonal and naturalistic color scheme, and use of color permeated with natural light influenced the develop­ment of… …   Renaissance and Reformation 1500-1620: A Biographical Dictionary

  • Titian — (Tiziano Vecellio; c. 1488 1576)    Titian was born in Pieve di Cadore on Venetian territory. He first trained with Giovanni Bellini and later Giorgione, whose Sleeping Venus (c. 1510; Dresden, Gemäldegalerie) and Fête Champetre (c. 1510; Louvre …   Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • Titian —    The greatest Venetian painter who ever lived, in the opinion of most distinguished critics, was Tiziano (Titian in English) Vecelli. Titian was born at Pieve di Cadore in the Friulian Alps. The date of his birth is uncertain but is believed to …   Dictionary of eponyms

  • Titian — (1477–1576)    Artist.    Titian learnt painting in Venice under Giovanni Bellini. Giorgione was a fellow student and became a life long friend. During his long life (he lived to be ninety nine), Titian painted many pictures with religious themes …   Who’s Who in Christianity

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”