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Titian : essays
Hope, Charles.
Publication Information:
London : National Gallery : Distributed by Yale University Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
"Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery, London 19 February-18 May 2003"--T.p. verso.

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ND623.T7 H585 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Few individuals have had a greater influence on the development of Western painting than the celebrated sixteenth-century Venetian artist Titian (c. 1480-1576). His vibrant colors and masterful brushwork have made his work a constant inspiration to artists, from Rubens to the Impressionists and beyond. Every generation has found something new to admire in his astonishing technique, which enabled him to produce fresh interpretations of the most familiar religious and mythological stories as well as portraits and landscapes. Written by some of the world's most renowned Titian scholars, this beautifully illustrated book accompanies a major exhibition devoted to the work of this extraordinary artist. Authoritative essays on Titian's life and times, portraits, replicas, and technique provide the background for a detailed examination of over 40 of his greatest master-pieces--works that provide evidence of Titian's genius as a stylistic innovator and supreme manipulator of paint.

Author Notes

Jill Dunkerton is restorer in the Conservation Department.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This book accompanies a major retrospective exhibition of Italian Renaissance artist Titian (c.1480-1576), curated by major scholars in this field at the National Gallery, London. The first essay gives an overview of Titian's career and discusses problematic aspects of the attribution of his early works and the resulting confusion with his contemporary, Venetian artist Giorgione. The catalog continues with an examination of his skills as a portraitist. Titian's fame, travels, high status, and income depended on his portraiture, as he painted aristocrats and royalty, later becoming court painter to the Hapsburgs. Also explored is the notion of Titian's replicas of his own paintings and their role in the commercialization of art in Venice. Lastly, Titian's painting technique is assessed in relation to specific paintings from different periods of his career. This book includes rich illustrations of all of the works in the exhibition, along with scholarly catalog entries. This is a good introduction to Titian and is recommended for all libraries that collect books on art, although Titian, catalog of the 1990 exhibit at the National Gallery, Washington, is a more comprehensive book on this artist.-Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

For their recent, gorgeous Titian exhibition (a joint effort with the Prado Museum), the National Gallery, London, produced this gem of a catalog. Interestingly written, well-documented and beautifully illustrated essays update the scholarship on particular aspects of the life and work of Titian. These include a biography of Titian by Charles Hope (Warburg Institute) based on documents and literary sources; contextual discussion of the portraits (Titian's great moneymaker) by Jennifer Fletcher's (Courtauld Institute); an explanation of what recent technical studies reveal, especially about the controversial issue of finish, by Jill Dunkerton (National Gallery); and an essay by Miguel Falomir (Prado Museum) on replicas, an important product of Titian's workshop. Catalog entries are arranged in chronological/thematic sections with enlightening introductions by David Jaffe (National Gallery), together with beautiful color plates. Of particular interest is the section on the Ferrara Bacchanals and the National Gallery's hypothetical reconstruction of Alfonso d'Este's Camerino (the most spectacular part of the exhibition). All of the above, with the emphasis on Titian's paintings in British and Spanish collections, make this catalog a unique and important addition to the exhibition literature (Washington, 1990; Paris, 1993; Rome, 1995). 127 color illustrations. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. J. B. Gregory Delaware College of Art and Design

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 6
Introductionp. 7
The Early Careerp. 9
1516-1530p. 47
1530-1547p. 85
1548-1562p. 125
1562-1576p. 163
Conclusionp. 185
Indexp. 190