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Titian

And the End of the Venetian Renaissance

Tom Nichols

Tom Nichols

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336 pages | 100 color plates, 70 halftones | 8 1/4 x 11 | © 2013
Cloth $79.00 ISBN: 9781780231860 Published December 2013 For sale in North and South America only
 Titian is best known for paintings that embodied the tradition of the Venetian Renaissance—but how Venetian was the artist himself? In this comprehensive new study, Tom Nichols probes the tensions between the individualism of Titian’s work and the conservative cultural and political mores of the city, revealing his art to be original inventions that undermine the traditional self-suppressing approach to painting in Venice. Rather, Nichols argues, Titian’s works reflected his engagement with the individualistic cultures emerging in the courts of early modern Europe.
 
Ranging widely across Titian’s long career and varied works, Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance outlines his stylistic independence from his master, Giovanni Bellini, early in his career; his radical innovations to the traditional Venetian altarpiece; his transformation of portraits into artistic creations glorifying the individual; and his meteoric breakout from the confines of artistic culture in Venice. Nichols explores how Titian challenged the city’s communal values with his competitive professional identity, contending that his intensely personalized way of painting after 1550 set him apart from earlier artists and was done deliberately to defy the emulation of would-be followers—a departure that effectively brought an end to the Renaissance tradition of painting. Packed with 170 illustrations, this groundbreaking book will change the way people look at Titian and Venetian art history. 
Contents

Introduction

 

Titian’s Last Painting: The Sight of Death

An Inglorious Passing; or, The Difficult Case of the Pietà

How ‘Venetian’ was Titian?

Surrogate Monuments to the Leader of a Tradition

 

ONE: Art as Appropriation: The Rise of Titian

 

Giovanni Bellini: The Model Venetian

Bellini and Titian: Master and Pupil

Titian and the Venetian Istoria

Titian and Giorgione

Giorgione and Titian’s Early Portraiture

The Early Mythologies

Titian Repaints Palma Vecchio

 

TWO: Remaking Tradition: Icons and Altarpieces

 

Anachronic Titian

The Modern Icon

The Cultural Dynamics of Space in Two Altarpieces for Venice

Private Values in a Public Picture Type

Altarpiece or Artwork?

 

THREE: Portraiture and Non-venezianità

 

Portraiture in Renaissance Venice

Titian’s Portraits to 1530: Accommodation of the Courts

Habsburg and Related Portraits of the 1530s

Historical Portraits

Natura Potentior Ars

 

FOUR: Sacred Painting, the Poesie and the Late Style

 

Titian as Tradition

Titian’s Hybrid Poesie

Two Late Mythologies

Early Responses to Titian’s Late Style

The Late Style in Critical and Historical Perspective

 

FIVE: Titian and Venice: Surviving the Father of Art

 

Patrons and Prices

Titian versus the Rest: A Literary Self-image

Pictor et eques: Titian’s Self-portraits

Images of Succession

Images of Attachment

The Darker Side of Titian; or, The Anti-image

Venetian Responses to Titian: Veronese and Tintoretto

 

Conclusion

Titian and the End of the Venetian Renaissance

Titian in Disguise

 

References

Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

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