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Titian: His Life Hardcover – 5 Jul 2012

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  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress; First Edition (First Printing) edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007175825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007175826
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Crammed with new or expanded or re-thought information about this stubbornly mysterious giant. Impressive … She shines a light on the mysterious conflict of energies that makes his genius so difficult to encapsulate. Hale is also an enthusiastic collector of characters and her descriptions of the band of Renaissance crackpots who constituted Titian’s employers result in some of the book’s most entertaining stretches‘ Sunday Times

‘Evokes the sensuality of Titian’s working methods and provides subtle insights into his enigmatic last paintings … a scrupulous and exhaustive account that is informed by the latest scholarship, but admirably free of academic cant … her book provides by far the richest account yet of Titian’s interactions with the city’s labyrinthine social fabric‘ Daily Telegraph

‘Magnificent … the elegance and energy of her narrative … a born biographer’s eye for detail. This is the first serious attempt for 100 years at encompassing Titian’s life. Its combination of the eminently readable and the profoundly authentic is remarkable‘ Literary Review

‘A huge and exceptional new study of the painter … a superb portrait of the artist – an example of measured scholarship, judicious opinion, and telling framing detail‘ Guardian

‘The depth of her research is both impressive and astonishing … enriched by vivid anecdotes and gossipy snippets … it all makes for compelling reading‘ Independent

‘Scholarly, erudite, endlessly inquisitive and as clear as can be … many of the bit-part players in the book are brilliantly vivid’ Mail on Sunday

‘Magisterial … a poised and sincere account of Titian’s life and art. A truly triumphal undertaking and a prodigious monument to one of the giants of Western art’ The Art Newspaper

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Born 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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