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Titian

(circa 1488-1576)

Artist associated with 44 portraits
The greatest painter of sixteenth-century Venice. He was court painter to the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. Titian was born at Pieve di Cadore in the Veneto. He was a pupil of Giovanni Bellini and worked in association with Giorgione from around 1507. His great early triumph was the Assumption of the Virgin in the Frari Church in Venice (1516-18). He had many patrons, ranging from the churches and government of Venice to the Roman Farnese family of Pope Paul III. He developed a highly personal style, characterised by varied and loose brushwork and subdued tonality, which was of great influence in later centuries. In old age, Titian mainly painted mythological scenes for Philip II.

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Andrea Gritti, possibly by Tobias Stimmer, after  Titian - NPG D42368

Andrea Gritti

possibly by Tobias Stimmer, after Titian
woodcut, circa 1540s-1570s
NPG D42368

Pietro Aretino, probably by Richard Gaywood, after  Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Titian - NPG D9594

Pietro Aretino

probably by Richard Gaywood, after Wenceslaus Hollar, after Titian
etching, 1647 or after
NPG D9594

Bindo AltovitI, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Titian - NPG D9589

Bindo AltovitI

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Titian
etching, 1649
NPG D9589

Daniel Barbaro, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Titian - NPG D9618

Daniel Barbaro

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Titian
etching, 1650
NPG D9618

Venus and Adonis, by John Smith, published by  Alexander Browne, after  Titian - NPG D11455

Venus and Adonis

by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Titian
mezzotint, circa 1684 (mid 1560s)
NPG D11455

Annunciation, by John Smith, published by  Thomas Glass, after  Titian - NPG D11724

Annunciation

by John Smith, published by Thomas Glass, after Titian
mezzotint, 1687
NPG D11724

'Loves of the Gods': Vulcan and Ceres, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11715

'Loves of the Gods': Vulcan and Ceres

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1708
NPG D11715

Frontispiece to 'Loves of the Gods', by George Vertue, after  Titian - NPG D11707

Frontispiece to 'Loves of the Gods'

by George Vertue, after Titian
engraving, 1708
NPG D11707

'Loves of the Gods': Mars and Venus, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11713

'Loves of the Gods': Mars and Venus

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1708
NPG D11713

'Loves of the Gods': Cupid and Psyche, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11716

'Loves of the Gods': Cupid and Psyche

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1708
NPG D11716

'Loves of the Gods': Apollo and Daphne, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11708

'Loves of the Gods': Apollo and Daphne

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1709
NPG D11708

'Loves of the Gods': Bacchus and Ariadne, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11709

'Loves of the Gods': Bacchus and Ariadne

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1709
NPG D11709

'Loves of the Gods': Pluto and Proserpina, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11710

'Loves of the Gods': Pluto and Proserpina

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1709
NPG D11710

'Loves of the Gods': Jupiter, Juno and Io, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D11712

'Loves of the Gods': Jupiter, Juno and Io

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1709
NPG D11712

'Loves of the Gods': Apollo and Daphne, by John Smith, after  Titian - NPG D18964

'Loves of the Gods': Apollo and Daphne

by John Smith, after Titian
mezzotint, 1709
NPG D18964

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, by Richard Earlom, after  Titian - NPG D24768

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

by Richard Earlom, after Titian
mezzotint, mid 18th-early 19th century
NPG D24768

Philip II, King of Spain, by George Vertue, after  Titian - NPG D24881

Philip II, King of Spain

by George Vertue, after Titian
line engraving, 1735
NPG D24881

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