Titian: The Last Days by Mark Hudson, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Titian: The Last Days

Titian: The Last Days

3.5 2
by Mark Hudson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Only a handful of Titian's final paintings remain in existence, dispersed through galleries around the world. And there are no dates or documentation attached to any of them. We don't know precisely when they were painted, why and for whom. One of them was discovered only relatively recently, hanging in a remote monastery in the Czech Republic.

But the only one

Overview

Only a handful of Titian's final paintings remain in existence, dispersed through galleries around the world. And there are no dates or documentation attached to any of them. We don't know precisely when they were painted, why and for whom. One of them was discovered only relatively recently, hanging in a remote monastery in the Czech Republic.

But the only one to have remained in Venice is the last one, the final Pietà in the Accademia, where we see the once proud artist on his knees, bald and half-naked, peering at the body of the dead Christ-crawling towards God and his own death. It's a painting I feel I've been waiting all my life to see.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
A British journalist diligently pursues the story of Titian (circa 1488-1576), who arrived in Venice as a child and became the city's most celebrated artist. Telegraph and Guardian contributor Hudson employs a variety of strategies and tones in this remarkably engaging story. He is at times the pedagogue, the dazzled fan, the nervous tourist, the frustrated scholar, the disgusted critic (especially with verbose and pretentious art historians). The author says he developed a blunt aesthetic when he was a young art student: "Did the painting give me a buzz or not?" Most of Titian did, and by the end of this entertaining journey, readers will be abuzz as well. Although the narrative is generally chronological, the author frequently steps aside to sketch social and cultural history, geography (Titian was from a mountainous region to the northwest) and political intrigue. Hudson provides copious information about the patronage system of Titian's day, and about how the artist, like building contractors of today, accepted more commissions than he could execute in timely fashion and so perfected not just the craft of painting but of appeasement of impatient patrons. The author also examines Titian's mentors, specific paintings (e.g., The Venus of Urbino, a sexy work that alarmed and delighted Mark Twain) and sequences of paintings-including the final group of mythological pieces, the poesie, based on stories in Ovid, among them The Death of Actaeon. Hudson does not neglect the artist's personal life, filling us in on what's known about his love life and his children. Most captivating, however, is the author's own journey, from Venice to Spain to Czechoslovakia and elsewhere to follow the story ofthe great Italian painter. Intense passion and humble scholarship infuse this personal odyssey of discovery with arresting power. Agent: David Godwin/David Godwin Associates
From the Publisher

“Hudson employs a variety of strategies and tones in this remarkably engaging story. He is at times the pedagogue, the dazzled fan, the nervous tourist, the frustrated scholar, the disgusted critic (especially with verbose and pretentious art historians)…. Hudson does not neglect the artist's personal life, filling us in on what's known about his love life and his children. Most captivating, however, is the author's own journey, from Venice to Spain to Czechoslovakia and elsewhere to follow the story of the great Italian painter. Intense passion and humble scholarship infuse this personal odyssey of discovery with arresting power.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With wit, irreverence, a keen eye, and a shrewd imagination, Hudson recounts his fumbling search for fresh perspectives on Titian and shares his provocative discoveries.... Like a regal figure on an old, newly restored canvas, Titian, ‘a figure of almost limitless creativity,' emerges resplendent from these lively pages.” —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802719669
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Hudson is the author of two prizewinning works of nonfiction published in England: Our Grandmothers' Drums, which won the Somerset Maugham and Thomas Cook awards in 1990, and Coming Back Brockens, which won the 1994 NCR Award, the precursor to the Samuel Johnson Prize for the best nonfiction book of the year. His novel, The Music in My Head, was published to critical acclaim in 1998. He is a regular contributor to the Telegraph and also writes for the Guardian, the Sunday Times, and other publications. He lives in London.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Titian: The Last Days 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago