National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION

Tour: Titian and the Late Renaissance in Venice

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image of Cardinal Pietro Bembo image of Ranuccio Farnese image of Doge Andrea Gritti
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image of Venus with a Mirror image of Venus and Adonis image of The Baptism of Christ
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At the dawn of the sixteenth century, the republic of Venice reigned as one of the wealthiest and most powerful city-states in Europe. With the decline of the High Renaissance and mannerist artists in central Italy, Venetian painters assumed a position of artistic supremacy in Europe by 1540 that they would occupy for the rest of the century. The preeminent artist during this period was Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian.



1Titian, Cardinal Pietro Bembo, c. 1540
2Titian, Ranuccio Farnese, 1542
3Titian, Doge Andrea Gritti, 1546/1548
4Titian, Venus with a Mirror, c. 1555
5Titian, Venus and Adonis, c. 1560
6Paris Bordone, The Baptism of Christ, c. 1535/1540
7Titian, Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos, c. 1547