Tiziano Vecelli

Tiziano Vecelli - 1

  • Year of birth: 1485
  • Date of death: August 27, 1576
  • Country: Italy


Titian, or Tiziano Vecellio, was born near Venice in the town of Pieve di Cadore. Accurately set its date has not yet managed scientists still argue about it. Some argue that in 1576, when the artist died he was 103 years old, the other 98 – 99 years. Most are inclined to think that Titian lived more than 80 but not more than 90 years. Thus was born somewhere in the period 1485 – 1490’s.

In the family of the vecelli had four children – two girls and two boys. Father, Gregorio vecelli was the inspector of mines and head of the national militia, that is, the family was not rich but not poor.

Titian received education nothing is known. We know only that the artist in Latin did not read it at that time was a sign of good education. Most of Titian’s letters at his request wrote for other people. However, this did not prevent his friendship with many writers. For example, the poet Pietro Aretino was his closest friend. Contemporaries described Titian as a very sociable person, which was different and even good manners.

Around 1500 Titian with his younger brother Francesco were sent to study painting in Venice. Details about the study are unknown – they do not begin until 1508. According to the scholars of Titian, he was a pupil of Sebastiano Zuccato, Genty Le Bellini, but soon made the decision and chose the workshop of Giovanni Bellini.

A strong friendship linked by Titian and other famous painter Giorgione. But it was a short – Giorgione died in 1510.

Titian went to Padua, but soon returned to Venice. It turned out that in his native city of all showing promise artists the only one left he. Many died, some left. By 1516 Titian has already strengthened its position as the leading Venetian painter.

Basis Titian – altar images. Also, the artist drew and fairly prestigious private commissions.

In 1530 Titian was presented to the Holy Roman Emperor Karl V. During the next visit, the Emperor had already granted the artist the title of knight of the Golden spur and count Palatine. Such a title was not awarded to any painter.

Familiarity with the Emperor, Titian was forced to overcome his fear long distance travel. He is now actively went to Spain and other countries, working by order of Charles V.

Titian and the Emperor’s son Philip II became friends. However, it sometimes swayed by avarice Titian – there are such artists! He is not allowed to delay the fees, but if this happened, then filled up the Emperor’s letters.

Died a master, probably of the plague – she in 1576 over the whole of Venice.