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1540

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

1541

1 year, 1 day later

The Last Judgement is completed and unveiled.

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1541

December 25

on Thursday

11 months, 28 days later

Michelangelo's fresco of the Last Judgement is first revealed to the public on Christmas Day.

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The moon was in the first quarter that night.

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Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.338

1542

7 days later

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

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1542

February 27

on Friday

1 month, 27 days later

It is stated in a contract concerning the Tomb of Julius II that Raffaello da Montelupo undertakes to finish three statues, two of these being the Active Life and the Contemplative.

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

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Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.345

1542

May 16

on Saturday

2 months, 18 days later

It is mentioned in a contract dated this day that Michelangelo assigns the architectural and ornamental portion of the tomb of Pope Julius II conjointly to Giovanni de' Marchesi and Francesco d' Amadore, called Urbino, providing that differences which may arise between them shall be referred to Donato Giannotti.

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

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Symonds, John Addington: "The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti", Modern Library (New York), p.345

1542

July 15

on Wednesday

2 months later

Died

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The moon was waxing crescent that night.

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1544

1 year, 5 months, 20 days later

Constanza Cellini is born in France.

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1546

2 years, 1 day later

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

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1546

Michelangelo's gift to Roberto Strozzi

Michelangelo gives the statues of the Rebellious Slave and the Dying Slave in the Louvre to Roberto Strozzi, for his generous hospitality in his Roman house during Michelangelo's periods of sickness in July 1544 and June 1546.

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1546

Michelangelo is appointed chief architect at Saint Peter's and the Farnese Palace.

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1547

1 year later

WorkedOn

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1547

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

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1548

1 year later

In Florence, Benvenuto Cellini is accused by a woman named Margherita, for having certain familiarities with her son, Vincenzo.

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1548

Tintoretto is commissioned for four pictures in the Scuola di San Marco: the Finding of the body of St Mark, the St Mark's Body Brought to Venice, a St Mark Rescuing a Saracen from Shipwreck and the Miracle of the Slave.

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1550

2 years, 1 day later

Giorgio Vasari publishes his 'Lives of the Painters, Sculptors and Architects', the first book of art history scholarship. It features a prominent chapter on Michelangelo, who is still alive at this point.

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1550

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

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