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Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)

Born: 1488 AD
Died: 1576 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Artists


1488 - Born at Pieve di Cadore in the Alps north of Venice.

1507- He met Bellini's other pupil, Giorgione, with whom he collaborated on his first certain work, the frescoes on the exterior of the German Merchants' Exchange in Venice, works now known only in 18th-century prints and a few fragments.

1508 - He also worked with Giorgione on frescoes for the facade of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice.

         - Studied painting in the shop of Gentile and Giovanni Bellini.

1511 - He executed frescoes of the miracles of St. Anthony for the Scuola del Santo, Padua.

1518 - He completed the celebrated altarpiece of the Assumption of the Virgin.

1545 - He went to Rome, where he was quartered in the Belvedere of the Vatican.

         - He painted the striking, though unfinished, portrait of Pope Paul III with his grandsons Ottavio and Cardinal Alessandro Farnese.

1548 - He was invited to Augsburg by Charles V. There he executed many portraits of dignitaries and probably, during the course of his conversations with the emperor, conceived the idea of the magnificent La Gloria, in which Charles and his deceased wife are presented to the Holy Trinity.

1553 - He began work on a cycle of mythological pictures for Philip II which included Diana and Callisto and Diana Surprised by Acteon both ; National Gall., Edinburgh; the Rape of Europa; Gardner Mus., Boston; and Perseus and Andromeda; Wallace Coll., London.

1552 - He remained in Venice, living in princely splendor and surrounded by friends who included the writer Pietro Aretino and the architect Jacopo Sansovino.

1576 - On the 27th of August, Titian died in his spacious palace in Venice, universally recognized as one of the greatest masters of all time. He was interred in the church of S. Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.


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