Titian is one of the most prolific artists of the renaissance. He was among the greatest painters from Venice and an undisputed figure in the international world of fine arts.
During his long career as an artist he dominated the Venetian fine arts creating masterpieces for his hometown Venice and also create operas for high-class figures living far outside. He worked, for instance, for Pope Paul III, Emperor Charles V, and Phillip II of Spain.
Versatile, prolific and innovator, Titian revolutionized oil paintings with his fluid and vibrant brushing. He enjoyed a reputation so immense that will last to his death, and he left a huge influence in the European fine-arts.
Although there’s not much record of his apprenticeship, Titian becomes one of Venice’s prominent artist in 1500s, have been commissioned by people of high social status such as Kings, Emperor’s and Noble’s.
TITIAN of Venice
Tiziano Vecellio is his name in Italian, but he is generally known worldwide as the “TITIAN." He was born Pieve di Cardone a small town 100km north of Venice, Italy. The date of his birth has been long a subject of dispute among scholars because there is no actual document regarding the exact date of birth but experts hypothesized a year between 1470 to 1480.
At the beginning of his career Titian worked together with a friend, another artist by the name of Giorgio, maybe they have met initially were Titian took his vague apprenticeship in the teachings of John Bellini.
Unfortunately, his friend died prematurely probably of bubonic plague in 1510, and Titian completed some of the unfinished task left behind. The two, learning from the same teacher have a very similar style of painting, that’s why Titian could finish the works left behind by Giorgio, and there are numerous opera's experts of this time can’t give precise author attribution.
In 1511, he began solo, and realized three fresco paintings in the School of Saint Anthony in Padua. While he was working at Padua, another young promising artist left Venice to work, and with the death of his long-time friend, Titian practically has no competition when he returned to Venice, there’s just the Bellini his former teacher who at that time is in an advanced year but still realizing fantastic operas.
After the death of Bellini in 1516 Titian was designated Official Painter of the Republic of Venice.
Throughout his long career, he performs numerous operas inside and outside Venice, his style to portray portraits is old but rarely utilized, he pushed the technique through rendering it more popular.
Titian was married to Cecilia Soldano; they had two sons and a daughter, but after giving birth to the third child his wife passed away it was in 1530.
He traveled a lot during his career. His work brought him to Spain, Hamburg, and Rome.
He received numerous recognitions from kings, Emperors and Popes for his talent and devotion toward his works and on August 27, 1576; he died of old age. Titian was buried in the church of Santa Maria dei Freri at Venice.