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Titian and Venetian painting, 1450-1590
Cole, Bruce, 1938-
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Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : Icon Editions, 1999.
Physical Description:
xvi, 264 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Reading Level:
1440 Lexile.

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ND623.T7 C66 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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This up-to-date, well illustrated, sensitive introduction to the life and works of one of the giants of Western painting also surveys the golden age of Venetian painting from Bellini to Veronese and its place in the history of Western art. Sometimes referred to as the founder of modern painting Titian's legacy and influence was immense and continuing--Italian Baroque painting, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt and Dutch painting, French 18th century painting, Velazquez, and Picasso. This knowledgeable study of a great and enduring artist and a brilliant period of art history will interest general readers and students. There are 119 black and white illustrations integrated with the text and 8 plates in full color, a selected bibliography and index.

Author Notes

Bruce Cole is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University. A former Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is the author of Giotto and Florentine Painting, The Renaissance Artist at Work, Italian Art, 1250-1500 and other books.

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Cole offers an introduction to the field directed at the nonspecialist, gracefully written and compact enough to fit in a traveler's suitcase. The cast of characters and the organization is a familiar one. Cole starts with Giovanni Bellini, moves on to young Titian and his fellow artists Giorgione and Sebastiano del Piombo, and then devotes the bulk of the study to a stage-by-stage recounting of Titian's career. A short wrap-up chapter treats artists, both Italian and non-Italian, influenced by Titian. The strength of the book lies in its evocative descriptions of individual works--a Berensonian approach not much in evidence in current art history writing. Iconographical problems tend to be brushed aside, but questions of patronage and function are dealt with conscientiously. A selection of color plates helps to compensate for the generally murky black-and-white illustrations. No notes, but useful, focused bibliographies. General readers; undergraduates. D. Pincus; emeritus, National Gallery of Art

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xv
1 Venice, 1510p. 1
Notesp. 6
2 Precursors: Giovanni Bellini and the Birth of Venetian Renaissance Paintingp. 7
Notesp. 44
3 Giorgione, Sebastiano, and the Young Titian to C. 1510p. 47
Notesp. 74
4 Titian: Early Success, 1516-1530p. 76
Notesp. 95
5 Titian: International Fame, 1530-1543p. 99
Notesp. 126
6 Titian: Maturityp. 129
Notesp. 156
7 Titian: the 1550sp. 159
Notesp. 188
8 Titian: the Late Worksp. 190
Notesp. 217
9 Titian's Heirsp. 219
Notesp. 248
Selected Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 253