Tiziano de Cadore

In Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Vasari offers us a fairly in-depth
portrait of Tiziano de Cadore (most commonly and hereafter to be referred
to as “Titian”) both as one of the great painters of the Renaissance and as
a truly great and beneficent individual. Indeed, the portrait of Titian
that Vasari offers is one of a prodigiously and suprememly talented youth
whose early painting went through a series of exceptionally dramatic
although always impressive shifts. Indeed, many of these changes were due
to his alternation tutelage, as well as the fact that, hailing from Venice,
he was not initially in contact with the changes in painting then going on
in Rome. Specifically, Early works of Titian betray a general ignorance of
the resurgent classicism and historical study of painting then occurring in
Rome, but with the arrival of some Roman-schooled painters, he adapted his
style to be more in tune with the Roman one, while retaining much of the
vigor and energy of the Venetian painting of his youth. Titian later
traveled to Rome and found much success there, but he ultimately returned
again to Venice. Indeed, his style changed yet again as he aged, but these
changes only reflected Titian’s amazing strength and versatility as a
painter and revealed the very elements of his style and sensibilities that
make us remember him even today, hundreds of years after his death.
Indeed, much of the mystique surrounding Titian can be derived from
his own enormous individual talent. Even as a young child he should an
enormous interest in a and talent for painting, and it was these factors
that convinced his father to apprentice him with the great northern painter
He, seeing that the boy was much inclined to painting, put him with
the famous painter Gian Bellini, under whose discipline he studied
drawing, and showed himself in a short time to be endowed by nature