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Venetian painter and draftsman

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Titian was an extremely popular and influential painter, developing a painterly style that differed tremendously from contemporary Roman and Florentine styles; he emphasized atmosphere, color, and brushstrokes as he depicted sensual figures, textures (of garments, flesh, etc.), and landscapes in the backgrounds of his paintings. His sensuous mythological scenes showed his ability to depict any hue or texture. Titian's portraits combined incisive, sensitive characterizations with an opulent treatment of accessories, eventually developing into the spare, official style that inspired other Italians, and also Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, and others. In his later paintings, what appears from a distance as form and color prove upon closer inspection to be blobs of paint, thumb marks, and brush scratches. Titian explored the potential of oil paint, experimenting with its expressive as much as its representational possibilities.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500031075.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Titian:

Robert Strange after Titian Venus Blinding Cupid, 1769 Engraving on laid paper
Nicolò Boldrini after Titian Caricature of the Laocoön Group, ca. 1540-1545 Woodcut
Attributed to Nicolò Boldrini after Titian Landscape with a Milkmaid, ca. 1525 Woodcut
Dominique Barrière after Titian Village with Mill at the Foot of the Alps, 17th century Engraving
Attributed to Giovanni Britto after Titian The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, ca. 1540 Woodcut
Nicolò Boldrini after Titian Venus and Amor, 1566 Woodcut
Attributed to Nicolò Boldrini after Titian St. Jerome in the Wilderness, ca. 1525-1530 Woodcut
Cornelis Cort after Titian Tarquinius and Lucretia, 1571 Engraving
Aegidius Sadeler II after Titian The Beautiful Slave, ca. 1600-1620 Engraving on laid paper
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