February 7, 2016

Painting With The Girls 38

February 7, 2016.

Day 38, (328 days to go).

Postcard watercolor, collage, 5X7 Matted

Titian was born Tiziano Vecellio da Cadore (c.1488-1576). Someone who knew him claims Titian arrived in Venice with his brother, at age eight, and was employed by a mosaic artist. Years later, this same artist sent Titian to work with the well-known painter Giovanni Bellini.

Each great painting master seems to bring something new to the art form. In the case of Titian, he is known for color and his portraits. Marcia B Hall writes in the book, The Sacred Image In The Age Of Art writes, “He used virtually all pigments available, and he used them in extravagant quantities and inventive combinations.”

E. H. Gombrich writes in The Story of Art, “No wonder that the mighty of this world competed with each other for the honor of being painted by this master.  Not that Titian was inclined to produce a special flattering likeness, but he gave them the conviction that through his art they would go on living.”

Titian had a passion for money and through very wise investments he was able to buy a palace. He worked for royalty and was made a count by the emperor, Charles V.

Titian painted the largest alter piece ever seen in Venice, (c. 1516), which still stands in the church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari.

Nobody knows exactly how old he really was when he died but it is estimated that he might have been in his nineties. His fellow colleagues called him “the sun amidst small stars, because of his genius in painting.

Titian, and his son Orazzio, escaped death by the plague in Venice in 1561. In a gesture of thankfulness he painted a Pieta, in the place where they were buried after their deaths in another epidemic in 1576.