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    DescriptionBorn 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."Sheila Hale's rich biography is the first since 1877 to examine all contemporary accounts of Titian's life and work as well as recent art historical scholarship, some of it previously unpublished. Her book charts the extraordinary transformation of Titian's style: from the radiant, minutely realized masterpieces of his youth, to the more freely painted work of his middle years, to the dark, tragic, sometimes terrifying visions of his old age. Drawing on the latest scientific examinations of his paintings, Hale seeks to explain the evolution of his methods and his art. In doing so, she also gives many different voices--from Titian's lifetime to today--free reign to explore, praise, and sometimes doubt his genius.When Titian died in 1576, in his late eighties, he had spent the whole of his working life in Venice--the most celebrated city in Europe--traveling as little as possible despite the clamor for his presence at the great courts of the continent. He had witnessed wars, Ottoman invasions, and the rising Protestant threat to the Catholic Church. He had become the favored painter of both Charles V--the most powerful man in the world--and his son, Philip II of Spain, who became Titian's most important patron.Sheila Hale's masterly biography presents Titian through the lens of the turbulent times in which he lived and explores how this innovative sixteenth-century master conveyed in his paintings a kind of truth that few other artists have been able to communicate, which has fascinated Titian's admirers and followers ever since.

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    His Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sheila Hale
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 832
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 56 mm
    Weight: 1,066 g
    ISBN 13: 9780060598761
    ISBN 10: 006059876X

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    B&T General Subject: 140
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    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO001000
    B&T Approval Code: A03507030
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037090
    DC22: 759.5092
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    BISAC V2.8: ART015080
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    LC classification: ND623.T7 H35 2012
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations, maps, figures
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    Publication date
    20 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "It all makes for compelling reading...enriched by vivid anecdotes and gossipy snippets."--Independent