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I, Titian
     

I, Titian

by Norbert Wolf
 
This multi-dimensional exploration of Titian’s life and art is as dynamic as the artist himself.

One of the original celebrity artists, Titian was as famous for his beguiling personality as he was for his masterful paintings. I, Titian introduces readers to the Venetian artist with an innovative format that marries Titian’s voice with his works, allowing the

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This multi-dimensional exploration of Titian’s life and art is as dynamic as the artist himself.

One of the original celebrity artists, Titian was as famous for his beguiling personality as he was for his masterful paintings. I, Titian introduces readers to the Venetian artist with an innovative format that marries Titian’s voice with his works, allowing the artist’s own words to deepen an appreciation of his achievements. An illustrated timeline and a pictorial tour of the galleries where his works now reside reveal how this contemporary of Michelangelo and Raphael broke new ground in nearly every genre of painting: portraiture, altar pieces, the rendering of mythological themes, frescoes, and pastoral landscapes. Numerous superb reproductions illuminate not just the breadth of his oeuvre, but also the mastery with which he employed light and color to lend his paintings the sensuous energy for which he is so admired. Norbert Wolf’s engaging text unlocks many of the mysteries surrounding Titian’s celebrity, making this journey into the artist’s world as intriguing as it is informative.

Norbert Wolf is an art historian and guest professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He lives in Munich, Germany.

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Library Journal
Well illustrated (150 color illus.) and presented in a pleasing, coffee-table format, this engaging yet scholarly book is part of a series offering multidimensional biographies of artists by art historians. Here, Wolf explores the career and works of Venetian master painter Titian (born Tiziano Vecellio), who approached painting genres in new ways, developing an innovative style that made him influential in Renaissance Europe and thereafter. Using excerpts of the artist's words as well as the writings of contemporaries to create a narrative emphasizing the title's I, or "ego," Wolf (The World of the Saints) also places the artist and his masterpieces in social, political, and cultural context, showing how he was able to sustain his independence despite his reliance upon court patronage, navigate political arenas to create his international reputation, befriend contemporary intellectuals, create artistic dialogs with his peers, and engage viewers in religious questions. Intellectual yet accessible, this survey of the artist's career and works is also concise, consisting of five mostly chronologically and thematically arranged chapters, an illustrated biography juxtaposed to a time line setting forth social, cultural, and political events, and a select bibliography that includes some foreign-language sources. Enlightening and well written, though lacking footnotes, this book is recommended for large public and undergraduate libraries. Cheryl Ann Lajos, Free Lib. of Philadelphia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791333847
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Edition description:
SLIPCASE
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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