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Titian

Venetian High Renaissance painter born in Pieve di Cadore (1488) and died in Venice (1576), aged 88

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Giorgione (1477-1510) Venetian High Renaissance painter

Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516) Venetian painter

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Tintoretto Venetian Mannerist costume designer, lutanist, sculptor and painter

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Giorgione (1477-1510) Venetian High Renaissance painter

Sebastiano del Piombo (1485-1547) Venetian High Renaissance painter

1488

Titian is born in Pieve di Cadore.

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Titian (1488-1576): painter

1512

24 years, 5 days later

Titian returns to Venice from Padua.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 24: painter

1513

1 year, 1 day later

Titian obtains a broker's patent, termed La Sanseria or Senseria (a privilege much coveted by rising or risen artists), in the Fondaco dei Tedeschi and becomes superintendent of the government works, being especially charged to complete the paintings left unfinished by Giovanni Bellini in the hall of the great council in the ducal palace.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 25: painter
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 83: painter

1513

Giovanni Bellini's position as sole master (since the death of his brother and of Alvise Vivarini) in charge of the paintings in the Hall of the Great Council is threatened by Titian.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 25: painter
Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 83: painter

1516

3 years later

Titian succeeds his master Giovanni Bellini in receiving a pension from the Venetian Senate.

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Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), aged 86: painter
Titian (1488-1576), aged 28: painter

1526

10 years, 3 days later

Titian makes the acquaintance of Pietro Aretino, the influential poet, and they soon become friends.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 38: painter

1530

August

4 years, 7 months, 3 days later

Titian moves his two boys and infant daughter to a new home, and convinces his sister Orsa to come from Cadore and take charge of the household. The mansion, difficult to find now, is in the Biri Grande, then a fashionable suburb, at the extreme end of Venice, on the sea, with beautiful gardens and a view towards Murano.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 42: painter

1532

1 year, 5 months, 3 days later

After painting a portrait of the emperor Charles V in Bologna Titian is made a Count Palatine and knight of the Golden Spur. His children are also made nobles of the Empire, which for a painter at the time is an exceptional honour.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 44: painter

1540

8 years, 2 days later

Titian receives a pension from d'Avalos, marquis del Vasto, and an annuity of 200 crowns (which is afterwards doubled) from Charles V from the treasury of Milan.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 52: painter

1542

2 years, 1 day later

Titian is awarded a lucrative contract for supplying grain to Cadore.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 54: painter

1546

4 years, 1 day later

Titian visits Rome and is granted the freedom of the city.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 58: painter

1547

1 year later

Titian is summoned away from Venice to paint Charles V and other members of his court in Augsburg.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 59: painter

1550

3 years, 1 day later

Titian is again in Augsburg and executes the portrait of Philip II, which is sent to England and proves useful in Philip's suit for the hand of Queen Mary.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 62: painter

1553

3 years, 1 day later

Titian sends his Danaƫ paintings to Philip II.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 65: painter

1555

2 years later

Titian attends the Council of Trent.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 67: painter

1559

4 years, 1 day later

Titian despatches his painting of Diana and Callisto to Philip II.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 71: painter

1565

September

6 years, 8 months, 5 days later

Titian goes to Cadore and designs the decorations for the church at Cadore, partly executed by his pupil.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 77: painter

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