Who is the Artist Titian?

Tiziano Vecelli, mainly known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters in 16th-century Venice. Titian was a leading artist throughout Europe, becoming famous from an early age. During his long life and career, he was considered one of the most important painters of the Italian Renaissance.

Early Life of Artist Titian

There is no documented evidence of Titan’s birth date, but it is known he was born in a small town in Pieve di Cadore during 1490. he started his training at 10 years old, moving to Venice to start his studies. He first studied mosaic before moving on to become the apprenticed of Gentile Bellini. Gentile soon passed away, and Titian went on to work for Gentile’s brother Giovanni Bellini. Giovanni was one of the most significant painters at the time, and he inspired and influenced Titan’s early work. In 1508-9 both Titan and Giovanni shared the project of decorating ‘Fondaco dei Tedeschi’ in Venice. Titan’s sections were particularly praised, which bothered Giovanni. Titian launched his independent career in 1511 after Giovanni’s death in 1510.

Career of Titian

During his entire career, he experimented in many different styles of painting. This was mainly due to the development of art that was changing drastically throughout Titan’s life. Titan first created portraits of powerful figures during that period. These included paintings of religious controllers such as the Pope as well as royal figures. However, in his later years, Titan focused on religious and mythological works. He was the first painter to have a mainly international clientele. Starting when he became the main painter to the imperial court, which gave him incredible privileges. From this moment he became the most popular painter at courts across Europe. Painting works for Pope Paul III, King Philip II of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

Significant Pieces you can see in Rome

There are numerous pieces by Titan that are worth seeing in person. An incredible artwork that dwells in Rome’s borders is the ‘Sacred and Profane Love.’ Titan painted this piece when he was only 25 years old and was commissioned by Nicolò Aurelio to mark his marriage to his wife Laura Bagarotto. It is one of the most noteworthy pieces in Rome’s entire Galleria Borghese. Make sure you take some time out of your holiday in Rome to visit this stunning painting.

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