TITIAN by Elizabeth Rigley


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Eleventh is a successful series of biographies of famous artists, this once again fulfills the demand for concise yet dramatically detailed stories of the artists and their times. Titian worked and lived in many places in Italy, but one feels that his real love was Venice and Venice of his day is a vital part of his story. Country born, he came to the busy port to learn a trade when he was under ten; there he died at past 80, with vast artistic accomplishments to his record. But the dominant factor throughout his life- and that of other artists of 16th century- was to gain and keep the patronage of powerful nobles of churchmen or politicos, and to receive payment for commissions complete. Thirty two half tone reproductions give somewhat the feel of Titian's power but lacking the color that is so dominant a factor, the full impression is disappointing. These books vary in age appeal. This we would put at high school level, with the added suggestion that there is no writing down- and it could be used with young adults.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1962
Publisher: Lippincott