Recognized by contemporaries as "the sun amidst small stars", Titian was one of the most versatile of Italian painters. He was equally adept with portraits and landscapes, genres which first brought him fame, but also mythological and religious subjects. He trained at a young age with Sebastian Zuccato, then with the Bellini Brothers, Gentile and Giovanni, sons of Jacopo Bellini, where he was exposed Titan to many other prominent artists. This included the famous Giorgione, whose painting, The Sleeping Venus, is of evident influence to Titian’s The Venus of Urbino and Venus and Cupid, both now in the Uffizi Gallery.
Living to an exceptionally old age for the time, his manner changed so drastically in his later years that some critics believe it could not have been same artist. What unites the two parts of his career is his deep interest in colour, emblematic of the Venetian School. His later works may not contain vivid, luminous tints as his early pieces do, yet their loose brushwork and subtlety of polychromatic modulations have no precedents in the history of Western art. Titian’s impact is vast to all of European painting, with his name frequently mentioned as a source of profound influence to other artists.
Portrait of Ariosta
Noli Me Tangere (Do not touch me)