Facts about Titian.
o Early years.
o Final years.
Genres of Titian’s works.
Examples of the most famous
works of the painter.
Conclusion. Role of Titian in
Tiziano Vecellio (1488–1576), known as Titian, was
the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th century.
the leader of the 16th - century Venetian school of the
the first painter to have a mainly international
During his long career, Titian
experimented with many different
styles of painting which embody the
development of art during his epoch.
He was recognized by his
“the sun amidst small stars“.
• Titian was born in Pieve di Cadore, in the Republic of
• At the age of 10-12 he was sent to an uncle in Venice,
Sebastian Zuccato. This painter was acquainted with
Bellinis, leading artists. One of them, Giovanni Bellinis,
found a group of young painters, among them Giovanni
Palma da Serinalta, Lorenzo Lotto, Giorgio da
• Titian joined Giorgione as an assistant.
• During the period of his mastery and maturity
(1516-1530), Titian for the first time attempted a
• Titian was now at the height of his fame.
• During the next period (1530-1550), works of Titian were
influenced by ancient culture.
• The artist began his series of reclining Venuses in which is
recognized the effect of the impression produced by his
contact with ancient sculpture.
• Titian had also shown himself as a masterful portrait-
• During the last twenty-five years of his life (1550-1576) the
Titian worked mainly for Philip II as a portrait-painter.
• Titian became more self-critical, an insatiable
perfectionist, keeping some pictures in his studio for ten
years, never wearying of returning to them.
• Titian was approximately 90 years old when the plague
raging in Venice took him on 27 August 1576.
Genres of Titian’s works
Titian contributed to all of the major areas of Renaissance
Pastoral landscapes with figures.
Assumption of the
Death of Saint Peter Martyr
• Titian's famous masterpiece is the Assumption of the
Virgin for the high altar of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei
• The pictorial structure of the Assumption – is uniting
in the same composition two or three scenes
superimposed on different levels, earth and heaven,
the temporal and the infinite.
• Death of Saint Peter Martyr for the Church of SS.
Giovanni e Paolo (1526–30).
Emperor Charles V Emperor Charles V
Pope Paul III
Portrait of a Man Portrait of Filippo Archinto
• Titian achieved international fame through his portraits,
including those of Emperor Charles V and Pope Paul III.
• His earliest portraits (Portrait of a Man) follow
Giorgione in the melancholy or dreamy mood portrayed.
• In the portrait of Filippo Archinto , the gravity and
importance of this archbishop of Milan is suggested by
the monumentality of his presence and the subdued
palette, while our attention is drawn to the sensitively
portrayed hands and face.
Titian's portraits are remarkable for the
way in which they seem to express a
psychological dimension while also
suggesting something of the sitter's
status and importance.
Venus and the Lute Player
Venus and AdonisBacchus and Ariadne
Venus of Urbino
• In Bacchus and Ariadne Bacchus is shown leaping
from his chariot, startling the lovely Ariadne. Titian
derived the subject matter from literary descriptions of
classical works of art.
• Venus, the mythological goddess of love, is the
protagonist of a number of works by Titian, the best
known probably being the so-called Venus of Urbino.
This reclining nude is at once idealized and erotic.
Later in his career, Titian turned to the theme in
paintings for his important patrons, such as
Philip II of Spain. As often happened in his
workshop, variants would then be carried out
for others. This is the case in both Venus and
the Lute Player and Venus and Adonis.
Pastoral Landscapes with figures
Madonna of the
Feast of the Gods
The Three Ages of
Role of Titian in Italian Art
Titian is the greatest Venetian artist of the 16th
century, the shaper of the Venetian coloristic
and painterly tradition.
Titian contributed to all of the major areas of
Role of Titian in Italian Art
• Titian is one of the key figures in the history of
• His painting methods, particularly in the
application and use of color, influenced not
only on painters of the Italian Renaissance, but
on future generations of Western art.
1. Titian. The Complete Works.
2.Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History / Titian.
3. Titian Art.