Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian (National Gallery, London)
By the opening of the 16th century, Venice was enjoying an unprecedented period of wealth and prosperity. Its holdings on the Italian mainland began to turn a profit, benefitting public patronage of the arts, which was on the rise. Concurrently, the Venetian school of painting led by the great Titian (Tiziano Vecelli) was reaching the height of its power and influence—a position it held until the end of the 16th century.
Titian was the greatest painter of the Venetian Renaissance, and the first painter whose clientele was largely international. During his long career, he experimented with many different styles of painting, and was the first to show the potential of oil as an entirely new, expressive medium. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo shares how the golden age of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the art Titian generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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