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1550

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

1553

3 years, 1 day later

Titian sends his Danaƫ paintings to Philip II.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 65: painter

1553

Ascanio Condivi publishes his 'Life of Michelangelo'.

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1554

1 year later

Palestrina composes Missarum Liber Primus (Primo Libro delle messe) in Rome.

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Missarum Liber Primus, Palestrina First Book of Masses by Palestrina.

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Palestrina (1525-1594), aged 29: composer

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http://imslp.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_Giovanni_Pierluigi_da_Palestrina

1555

1 year later

Titian attends the Council of Trent.

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 67: painter

1556

1 year later

Vasari notes The Last Supper has become a mass of blots.

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1556

February 26

on Sunday

1 month, 26 days later

Cellini's apprentice Fernando di Giovanni di Montepulciano accuses his mentor of having sodomised him many times. This time the penalty was a hefty fifty golden scudi fine, and four years of prison, remitted to four years of house arrest thanks to the intercession of the Medicis.

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The moon was a full moon that night.

1558

1 year, 10 months, 10 days later

Benvenuto Cellini begins to write his Autobiography.

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1559

1 year later

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

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Titian (1488-1576), aged 71: painter

1560

February 7

on Sunday

1 year, 1 month, 7 days later

Died

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The moon was waxing gibbous that night.

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