Tiziano Vecellio

TIZIANO VECELLIO, known to the world as Titian, was born in Cadore in the Alpine district of Italy about 1482. He studied under Sebastiano Zuccato, a Venetian mosaicist, and under the brothers Giovanni and Gentile Bellini and under Giorgione. Following his first early recognition as a master, he was to be favored throughout his life by the friendship of the mighty and the great. In 1530 Titian was received with high honor at the Imperial court of Emperor Charles V. He was created Count Palatine of the empire and a knight of the Golden Spur. Great honors these. He was granted a pension on the Treasury of Naples from the emperor; but the letters of entreaty and demand with which he bombarded the Treasury are still extant as evidence that for at least many years he was not paid. Titian was endowed with a strong constitution and great energy. Vasari visited him in 1566--Titian was then at least 84--and found him with his brushes in his hand at work. Eight years later he received, with a magnificence for which he was known, King Henry III of France. Titian succumbed to the plague which swept Venice in 1576. To honor the last remains of a great citizen, the law forbidding the victims of the plague to be interred in the churches was set aside. Titian was buried in the Church of the Frari. There in that church by his great "Assumption" and his altar piece, "Madonna dei Casa Pesaro," Titian lives on.

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