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Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1485 - August 27, 1576), better known as Titian, was the leader of the 16th-century Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno (Veneto), in the Republic of Venice. During his lifetime he was often called Da Cadore, taken from the place of his birth.

Recognized by his contemporaries as "the sun amidst small stars" (recalling the famous final line of Dante's Paradiso), Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters, equally adept with portraits and landscapes (two genres that first brought him fame), mythological and religious subjects. His painting methods, particularly in the application and use of color, would exercise a profound influence not only on painters of the Italian Renaissance, but on future generations of Western art.

During the course of his long life Titian's artistic manner changed drastically; however he retained a lifelong interest in colour. His mature works may not contain the vivid, luminous tints of his early pieces, however their loose brushwork and subtlety of polychromatic modulations are without precedent in the history of Western art.

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Portrait of Ranuccio Farnese 1542 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Portrait of Ranuccio Farnese 1542
Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist... - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist...
Venus with Organist and Cupid (detail) 1548 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Venus with Organist and Cupid (detail) 1548
Giulia Varano, Duchess of Urbino - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Giulia Varano, Duchess of Urbino
Portrait of a Gentleman (Tommaso Mosti) - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Portrait of a Gentleman (Tommaso Mosti)
Danaë 2 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Danaë 2
St Dominic c. 1565 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
St Dominic c. 1565
Portrait of Pietro Aretino 1545 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Portrait of Pietro Aretino 1545
Wisdom - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Wisdom
Supper at Emmaus - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Supper at Emmaus
Portrait of a Man 1508-10 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Portrait of a Man 1508-10
Tityus - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Tityus
Madonna of the Cherries 1517-18 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Madonna of the Cherries 1517-18
Crowning with Thorns 2 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Crowning with Thorns 2
Profane Love (or Vanity) - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Profane Love (or Vanity)
Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family... - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family...
Saint Peter - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Saint Peter
The Penitent Magdalen - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
The Penitent Magdalen
Daniele Barbaro - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Daniele Barbaro
Mater Dolorosa (with clasped hands) 1550 - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Mater Dolorosa (with clasped hands) 1550
Annunciation - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Annunciation
La Gloria - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
La Gloria
Virgin and Child - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Virgin and Child
Venus of Urbino (detail 1) - Tiziano Vecellio (Titian) - www.titian-tizianovecellio.org
Venus of Urbino (detail 1)
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