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New Titian exhibit at the Scuderie PDF Print E-mail
Mar 27, 2013 at 01:38 PM

Titial self-portrait
A new, magnificent exhibition of the works of the Renaissance master, Tiziano (1490 to 1576) has opened at the Scuderie of the Quirinale and will last through June 16th, 2013. The exhibition focuses on the most significant moments of Titian's career, from his early days as an apprentice in the workshops of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione in Venice to his position as a recognized master that followed the widespread admiration won by the large canvasses he did for the Doges of Venice, for the D'Este and Della Rovere noble families and, at a later date, with his commissions from Emperor Charles V and the latter's son Philip II.

Emperor Charles V with dog
For this exhibition, masterpieces by the great Venetian painter have been loaned by major museums and galleries from around the world, including works like the Concert and La Bella from Palazzo Pitti, Flora from the Uffizi, the Gozzi Altarpiece from Ancona, Danae and the Shower of Gold from Capodimonte in Naples, Charles V with a Dog and the Self-portrait from the Prado. The show concludes the sweeping overview of Venetian painting and its importance to the renewal of culture in Italy and in Europe promoted by the Scuderie del Quirinale in the past couple of years.

Pope Paul III
Born into a family of leading local family of jurists in Pieve di Cadore in or around 1490, Titian was sent, with his older brother, to live with an uncle in Venice at the age of nine. He soon learnt the technique of painting, making a name for himself in the workshop of the great Giorgione in the first decade of the 16th century.  By 1510-11 he was already considered to be one of the city's most promising painters, thanks largely to the frescoes done in the School of St. Anthony in Padua. The death of the Giorgione, and the departure for Rome of another rival, Sebastiano del Piombo, allowed him to climb to an unchallenged position and to win a variety of commissions for his portraits, his landscapes and his his bold championing of the primacy of colour and movement. His completion of the Assumption altarpiece in the Santa Maria dei Frari church, led critics and patrons alike to acclaim him as an absolute master.

By the third and fourth decades of the 16th century, Titian's fame had spread throughout Europe. Recognised as "first painter" by Emperor Charles V, Titian's reputation spread like wildfire, his aristocratic manner and diplomatic skills, his lifestyle and lofty awareness of the worth of his own art boosting rather than hampering the admiration nurtured for him in the courts of Europe. His aristocratic manner was accompanied by a thirst for honour, wealth and profit that emerges quite clearly from his correspondence as does his very strong antipathy and envy towards fellow painters like the older and weaker Lorenzo Lotto (my own personal favorite!), the competitive and much appreciated Pordenone or the younger Jacopo Tintoretto.

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