Titian And His Masters Essay Research Paper

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Titian And His Masters Essay, Research Paper Titian, or Tiziano Vecellio was a notorious Venetian painter of the High Renaissance who s talent achieved worldly success and had direct influence on various painters who later attempted to imitate his technique. Titian was born in Pieve di Cadore in Italy towards the end of the 15th century. Evidence regarding the actual date of Titian s birth is contradictory and inconclusive (Hope 11). The date of Titian s birth is noted to be between 1477-1490, varying on the source. Titian fell under the influence of several famous painters who played a relevant part in establishing Titian s early career. His apprenticing to Giovanni Bellini and especially Giorgione of Castledefranco provided Titian with significant skills that assisted Titan

in achieving his unique and extraordinary style. Due to his early experiences with these teachers, he learned to at first incorporate their style and eventually developed and created what would become his own masterful technique that would separate him and surpass his teachers and any other painter of his time. Titian s teachers played an important role in helping his admirers to understand how he acquired the talent he possessed and achieved his defining style that he would practice until his death. Around the age of nine Titian was sent to Venice where he went to apprentice under Sabastiano Zuccato, an officer of the painter s guild, a mosaicist and fair painter. To start Titian was required to complete simple tasks such as cleaning palettes, washing brushes, grinding colours,

and sweeping, chores all a part of a slow and tedious training process that all painters must endure. Titian consecrated to drawing, and then to preparing the surfaces for Sebastiano s paint. Eventually he was allowed to paint small and basic portions of the picture himself. Titian needed this training period (which takes anywhere between five and seven years) in order to be admitted to the guild, and only once a member of the guild, could a painter work. At the end of his apprenticeship in 1505, Titian (around 17) left to work in the studio of Gentile Bellini (Williams 30). Titian only spent a short time apprenticing to Gentile, for his style bored Titian. At that point in time, he was at an age desperately seeking stimulation and challenge. Gentile s ways were too dry and

laboring for Titian to tolerate. He was “urged by nature to greater things and seeking perfection in art, and approached Gentile s more gifted brother Giovanni” (Brown 57). Gentile inherited his father s style (Jacopo), slightly pretentious, solid, reserved, and decorous. Giovanni contrasting had a more naturalistic style that had a mix of softness, warmth and sweetness to it (Williams 12). Although a respected painter, Gentile being in his late seventies, was too mature, old-fashioned and “academic” to relate to Titian s juvenile and colourful style. Titian earlier work actually does mirror some of Gentile s tedious style, but also exhibits a “concern for more painterly matters – in colour and the way it is applied to the canvas” (Williams 30). The two could not

connect on an artistic level in any way, and Titian found himself drawn to the style of his younger brother more so (Williams 30). Giovanni Bellini played a notable role in Titian s life. Even after Titian had moved on to assist Giorgione, Giovanni remained to be significant as an examplar of the creative spirit to Titian. Titian eventually moved on to his own style, but only long after he had practiced Bellini s. Although it s difficult to identify in terms of specific works how influential Bellini was (according to Vasari), there are few but some examples (Brown 58). It is agreed (according to scholars) that the Antwerp picture is Titian s most Bellinesque work. According to Johannes Wilde, the repeated use of red and green throughout the composition plays a unifying role, like