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Pieve di Cadore ca. 1488/90 - 1576 Venice
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Titian has always been regarded as the greatest Venetian painter.

Titian’s career coincided with a high point of Venetian cultural efflorescence, even at a time when her political influence had begun to decline. After the death of Giovanni Bellini (1430–1516) in 1516, Titian stepped into the latter’s place as the doyen of the Venetian school, but after the middle of the century he worked less for Venetian and Italian clients and more for the Spanish Hapsburgs, for whom, always based in his native city, he became a kind of court painter in absentia. He developed a personal relationship with the emperor Charles V, which continued with his son Philip II, making him the first European artist with a truly international reputation.

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Selected artworks

Top 3 auction prices

4,521,000 $
13,602,473 $
16,882,500 $


The sales are: Christie’s London – 13 Dec 1991 lot 85 (7,480,000 GBP), Sotheby’s London – 7 Dec 2022 lot 6 (11,164,000 GBP), and Sotheby’s New York – 27 Jan 2011 lot 156.
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Notable exhibitions

Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum, Titian and the Renaissance in Venice, 13 February – 26 May 2019. Curated by Bastian Eclercy.

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice, 15 March – 16 August 2009. Curated by Frederick Ilchman and Rhona MacBeth.

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches MuseumLate Titian and the Sensuality of Painting, 18 October 2007 – 6 January 2008; travelled to Venice, Gallerie dell’Accademia, 26 January – 20 April 2008. Curated by Sylvia Ferino-Pagden and Giovanna Nepi Scirè.

Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting, 18 June – 17 September 2006; travelled to Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, 17 October 2006 – 7 January 2007. Curated by David A. Brown and Sylvia Ferino-Pagden.

Madrid, Museo del Prado, Tiziano, 10 June – 7 September 2003. Curated by Miguel Falomir.

London, The National Gallery, Titian, 19 February – 18 May 2003. Curated by David Jaffé.

Paris, Grand Palais, Le Siècle de Titien : l’âge d’or de la peinture à Venise, 9 March – 14 June 1993. Curated by Michel Laclotte, Giovanna Nepi Scirè and Gilles Fage.

Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, Titian, Prince of Painters, 28 October 1990 – 27 January 1991. Curated by David A. Brown.

Milan, Palazzo Reale, Omaggio a Tiziano: la cultura artistica milanese nell’eta de Carlo V, 27 April – 20 July 1977.


Books on Titian

Ian Kennedy, Titian, Cologne, 2018.

Charles Hope, Titian, London, 2003.

Paul Joannides, Titian to 1518, New Haven, 2002.

Harold E. Wethey, The Paintings of Titian: Complete Edition, London, 1975

Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, trans. Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, New York, 2009.

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