Italian painter (c.1490-1576)

Tiziano Vecellio (sometimes his last name is given as Vecelli, born around 1490,[1] in Pieve di Cadore near Belluno, died 27 August 1576[2] in Venice) was an Italian painter. His name in English is Titian. He was one of the leading painters of the 16th century Venetian school; he is also seen as one of the principal artists of High Renaissance painting of the 16th century. When he was alive, he was often called Da Cadore, after his place of birth.

Titian self-portrait, c.1567; Museo del Prado, Madrid
Tiziano Vecelli

c. 1488/1490
Died(1576-08-27)27 August 1576 (aged 85-88)
Known forPainting
Notable workAssumption of the Virgin
Pesaro Altarpiece
Venus of Urbino
MovementHigh Renaissance
Tomb of Titian in Venice.

When he was active, the Republic of Venice had a Golden Age, and was well-off economically. Aged nine, Titian went to Venice. The brothers Gentile and Giovanni Bellini taught him how to paint. In 1513, he opened his own shop, and developed into a successful painter, known all over Europe. In 1533, Charles V made him a nobleman. He also obtained a job as a painter at the court of Charles V. In 1545, Pope Paul III invited him to come to Rome, in 1548 and 1550, Titian accompanied Charles V and his son, Philip II to the Diet of Augsburg. When Titian died of the Plague in the year 1576, he was an old man. He was also one of the most famous painters of Venetian history.

Titian was very productive: in total, he painted 676 works. He did portraits, landscapes, as well as themes from mythology and religious works. All his works are very colorful. This special use of color influenced other painters of the same period a great deal. His works influenced painters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Antoine Watteau and Eugène Delacroix.

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  1. No exact date is known. The accepted view today is either 1488 or 1490. Other versions include dates around 1477. Giorgione (1477-1510) was another Renaissance painter. Some people believe, Giorgione painted some of Titian's early works.
  2. "Metropolitan Museum of Art timeline". Metmuseum.org. Retrieved 30 January 2011.