Titian: His Life

Titian His Life The first definitive biography of the master painter in than a century Titian His Life is being hailed as a landmark achievement for critically acclaimed author Sheila Hale Publishers Weekly Brillian

  • Title: Titian: His Life
  • Author: Sheila Hale
  • ISBN: 9780060598761
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The first definitive biography of the master painter in than a century, Titian His Life is being hailed as a landmark achievement for critically acclaimed author Sheila Hale Publishers Weekly Brilliant in its interpretation of the 16th century master s paintings, this monumental biography of Titian draws on contemporary accounts and recent art historical researcThe first definitive biography of the master painter in than a century, Titian His Life is being hailed as a landmark achievement for critically acclaimed author Sheila Hale Publishers Weekly Brilliant in its interpretation of the 16th century master s paintings, this monumental biography of Titian draws on contemporary accounts and recent art historical research and scholarship, some of it previously unpublished, providing an unparalleled portrait of the artist, as well as a fascinating rendering of Venice as a center of culture, commerce, and power Sheila Hale s Titian is destined to be this century s authoritative text on the life of greatest painter of the Italian High Renaissance.

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    1. Too long, too detailed. And very little about Titian the man. His personal life, likes and dislikes, are barely mentioned, where every detail of every transaction, of every payment by every sponsor, is described at length. A lot of repetitive material that eventually lulls the reader to boredom without having at all touched the genius of one of the greatest artists of all time. What a disappointment (and what a heavy book!)

    2. TITIAN: His Life. (2012). Sheila Hale. ***. This is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) biography of Titian. The problem is that although we know a lot about Titian’s works, we don’t seem to know much about the man. During his career, he was prolific – it is estimated that he executed between 500 and 600 drawings, paintings, and prints. About half of those survive. Titian (1488/90-1576) was born in a small town just outside of Venice. His full name was Tiziano Vecellio, often called i [...]

    3. I am in middle and loving it. The book is densely packed with details Titian, his family, friends, clients and, more important, the world he inhabited. Excellent but slow because of richness of the descriptions. Recommended for anyone who loves Venice, Italy and art.Finishedry satisfying.

    4. Instead of being titled "Titian: His Life" this book should have been called "Titian: Just About Everything that Happened in Europe During His Life". I think a good biography should give the reader a sense of time and place, an understanding of the world that the subject lived in, but this one went too far in that direction. The book was at its best when the focus was on Titian and his art, although it would have been better if the color plates were in some kind of order and included more exampl [...]

    5. An amazing level of detail, tellingly deployed. A great way to lose yourself in 16th century Venice, and to find out about the political intrigues of Titian's patrons that eventually spanned the globe.

    6. Inspiration to read: NYTBR june 1 2014 Alan Furst says he's reading this, its full of dense history of Venice in16th century. "Kings, doges, emperors,popes, Ottoman invasions, the Medicis".

    7. What a fabulous book. I read it in an unusual fashion over perhaps a three year period. Whenever I found myself bereft at the end of a book I loved, or stuck on the Metro unexpectedly, or after hours on the airplane when I had gone through everything else I had brought, I would turn to Titian's life. The historical research is extraordinary, with the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the Most Serene Republic as the backdrop for the very long life of Titian. Since the kings of Spain were his greate [...]

    8. A superb book, pity the pleasure is a bit spoiled by the frustrating way the images are organised. They are not in any sort of order or numbered. Note to the editor: For the way it should be done please check Matisse by Hillary Spurling.

    9. Oof, I'm sorry to give this a two-star review, because it's clearly been impeccably researched and laboriously crafted by the author. But two stars is "okay" in this rating system, and that's about as good a review as I can muster, philistine that I am.Why just "okay" despite acknowledging the level of research behind it and the detail present? Because, as a casual reader who isn't an art historian, there was simply TOO much detail. It's a voluminous book, this one, and if you're a person who fe [...]

    10. This is really several books in one. It is, of course, a biography of Titian's life, painstakingly researched from the sketchy and dispersed written record. It is also an analysis of Titian's art and its development, from the surviving examples. It includes a well-written description of the contemporaneous history, with special emphasis on the lives of Titian's royal patrons, especially Charles V and Phillip II. And it provides a thorough description of the sometimes baffling world of Venice and [...]

    11. This book is not really a biography but a history of Europe during Titian's life. Henry the 8th had nothing to do with the artist, but I learned some points about his problems with the other powers in Europe. It was interesting sometimes but much too long. The plates are not numbered so the reader can find the painting discussed in the text. He lived a long life and painted into his old age with enthusiasm for new ideas. Had we not spent a month in Venice this spring, I would not have read this [...]

    12. A very comprehensive analysis of Titian's artistic output, based on close examination of historical, social and political context. I was amazed by the quality of research, executed by Sheila Hale, particularly in relation to those artistic creations that have been either lost or destroyed. This is an ideal book for art historians. However, if you don't want to be overwhelmed by the quality of historical analysis, have your pen ready and be prepared to write down a summary of important facts, ass [...]

    13. wonderful! impeccable research. Hale not only writes about Titian and his life and paintings but the history of his time, his famous patronages and the Most Serene Republic, Venice. Be forewarned though, this is not a book to race through but to savor. My only complaint is that I wish there were more photos of his work that she writes about. ( I discovered wiki paintings that helped) Highly recommend.

    14. I thought this gave a very interesting view of a troubled time, but I thought that the way the plates were laid out was very annoying. They were not in any sort of order, and trying to find one when the author was describing a painting was frustrating. Also, for a book with so many descriptions of paintings, it had way too few plates.

    15. Wonderful example of research and scholarship but I would agree with some other reviewers that there was more than needed on the details of transactions, trips, family business et cetera. But it did give a truly full and not romanticized picture of Titian and the world in which he so successfully operated.

    16. The sociological and historical aspects of the book dominate the artistic. I wanted to know what was behind Titian's genius. Was that realistic? Hale kept my attention because I was left with some understanding of Venice's history and daily life. Titian's genius? We can't explain the modern versions.

    17. Either as a biography, or a history of Venice and Europe during the Renaissance, however you want to look at it, a very fine and detailed work.

    18. An absolute joy to read.With a wealth of information about Titian and the times.Really captures the essence of italian painting of that period.Didn't want it to finish.

    19. A great read, one of my two all-time favorite biographies (the other one is the life of Sir Thomas More, by Peter Ackroyd).

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