Tag: Titian

Giorgio Vasari: The Forgotten Artist Who Recorded the Renaissance

Those interested in Renaissance art will soon become familiar with the name Giorgio Vasari, Florentine architect, artist, and art historian. His 1568 compilation, “Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects,” is the most important written source for the artistic history of the period. Many of 16th-century Italy’s leading artists were among his friends…


Art Conservation at Work: Restoring the Irreplaceable ‘Assunta’

Down through the centuries, artists have produced great artworks that have stood the test of time and, today, are priceless and irreplaceable. But time can ravage these works, and they need to be brought back to their original glory. That’s where art conservators come in. They use their skills to restore art that has fallen…


Masters of Color and Light

Few cities capture the romantic imagination quite like Venice, and its winding canals, picturesque buildings, and shimmering lagoon have intrigued visitors for centuries. Its unique geography—118 islands connected by a network of over 400 bridges—literally and figuratively sets it apart from the Italian mainland. In art, this seclusion allowed the Renaissance to flourish in a…


Albrecht Dürer Impresses Venetian Artists of the Renaissance

On Feb. 7, 1506, Albrecht Dürer wrote to tell his friend Wilibald Pickheimer that Giovanni Bellini, then Venice’s leading artist, had not only praised Dürer’s paintings but, amazingly, announced his intention to buy one. Dürer traveled to Venice twice and, on a second visit, he was determined to demonstrate his abilities and those of other…


Get-Togethers of Holy Celebrities: ‘Sacra Conversazione’

As the host opens the door, guests in jeans enter, slap palms with the host, call out “Hey!” and find a place to sit, or maybe head to the backyard grill. Social gatherings are casual affairs today. Most people don’t attend formal functions often, much less with “important people.” To be invited to an event…


The Weight of Addiction: Titian’s ‘Sisyphus’

Sometimes we find ourselves addicted to substances, emotions, and ways of thinking that keep us far from experiencing any semblance of inner peace. I came across a painting by Titian of Sisyphus that made me reflect on the nature of our addictions. Sisyphus Twice Cheats Death In Greek legend, Sisyphus was the sly and deceitful…