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Titian: His Life

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Born in the mountains above Venice in the late fifteenth century, Tiziano Vecellio—or Titian—was the greatest painter of the Venetian High Renaissance. A poetic visionary and a technical master of oils, he painted everything, from frescoes and grand altarpieces to mythological stories and portraits—works described by his contemporaries as "mirrors of nature."

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Hardcover, 832 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Harper (first published January 1st 2012)
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Saïdeh Pakravan
Too long, too detailed. And very little about Titian the man. His personal life, likes and dislikes, are barely mentioned, where every detail of every transaction, of every payment by every sponsor, is described at length. A lot of repetitive material that eventually lulls the reader to boredom without having at all touched the genius of one of the greatest artists of all time. What a disappointment (and what a heavy book!)
Dec 01, 2013 Flora rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I am in middle and loving it. The book is densely packed with details Titian, his family, friends, clients and, more important, the world he inhabited. Excellent but slow because of richness of the descriptions. Recommended for anyone who loves Venice, Italy and art.
Finished...very satisfying.
TITIAN: His Life. (2012). Sheila Hale. ***.
This is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) biography of Titian. The problem is that although we know a lot about Titian’s works, we don’t seem to know much about the man. During his career, he was prolific – it is estimated that he executed between 500 and 600 drawings, paintings, and prints. About half of those survive. Titian (1488/90-1576) was born in a small town just outside of Venice. His full name was Tiziano Vecellio, often called il Cado...more
Alina Manevskaya
A very comprehensive analysis of Titian's artistic output, based on close examination of historical, social and political context. I was amazed by the quality of research, executed by Sheila Hale, particularly in relation to those artistic creations that have been either lost or destroyed. This is an ideal book for art historians. However, if you don't want to be overwhelmed by the quality of historical analysis, have your pen ready and be prepared to write down a summary of important facts, ass...more
This book is not really a biography but a history of Europe during Titian's life. Henry the 8th had nothing to do with the artist, but I learned some points about his problems with the other powers in Europe. It was interesting sometimes but much too long. The plates are not numbered so the reader can find the painting discussed in the text. He lived a long life and painted into his old age with enthusiasm for new ideas. Had we not spent a month in Venice this spring, I would not have read this...more
Either as a biography, or a history of Venice and Europe during the Renaissance, however you want to look at it, a very fine and detailed work.
Jan Schindler
wonderful! impeccable research. Hale not only writes about Titian and his life and paintings but the history of his time, his famous patronages and the Most Serene Republic, Venice. Be forewarned though, this is not a book to race through but to savor. My only complaint is that I wish there were more photos of his work that she writes about. ( I discovered wiki paintings that helped) Highly recommend.
I thought this gave a very interesting view of a troubled time, but I thought that the way the plates were laid out was very annoying. They were not in any sort of order, and trying to find one when the author was describing a painting was frustrating. Also, for a book with so many descriptions of paintings, it had way too few plates.
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