Titian
Italian, 1488-1576
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Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Musée du Louvre, J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2016
George Shaw: My Back to Nature,
The National Gallery, London
Glory of Venice: Masterworks of the Renaissance,
Denver Art Museum
2015
Frames in Focus: Sansovino Frames,
The National Gallery, London

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 …

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