1485–90 The date of Titian’s birth in Pieve di Cadore is much disputed by scholars. Arrives in Venice as a child.

1508 According to Vasari, Titian works with Giorgione on exterior frescoes for the headquarters of the German merchants in Venice.

1516 Stays in Ferrara at the ducal castle for a month as the guest of the Duke of Ferrara. Meets Fra Bartolommeo.

1518 The huge, seven-meter tall Assumption of the Virgin is installed in the church of S Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice.

1519 Titian is in Mantua.

1526 Completes another altarpiece for the Frari church in Venice.

1530 First meeting with the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V. Titian’s wife dies.

1533 Titian is created Count Palatine of the Golden Spur by Charles V.

1543 Titian is in Bologna where he paints a portrait of Pope Paul III.

1546 Visits Rome and meets Michelangelo. Paints Pope Paul III with his grandsons.

1547 Charles V summons Titian to join him in Augsburg. Paints the equestrian portrait of Charles V at the Battle of Mühlberg. Charles’s sister Queen Mary of Hungary, regent of the Netherlands, commissions large decorative paintings for her château in the Low Countries.

1548 Executes portraits of Ferdinand I, King of Bohemia and Hungary at Innsbruck.

1550 Travels again to Augsburg where he is commissioned by the future Philip II of Spain to paint a series of religious and erotic, classical subjects
(poesie) to be sent at intervals from Venice to Spain.

1560s His famous ‘late’ style is characterized by very loose handling of paint outlining forms which are dissolved by light.

1573 Commences his last masterpiece, the Pietà.

1576 Dies in Venice.


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Titian - Selected Works

c1509 Concert Champêtre (Pastoral Concert), Paris, Musée du Louvre

c1510 Gypsy Madonna, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum c1512 Portrait of a Man, London, National Gallery

c1510-15 Noli me Tangere, London, National Gallery

1514 Sacred and Profane Love, Rome, Galleria Borghese

c1516 Portrait of a Man in a Red Cap, New York, Frick Collection

c1515/18 Violante, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

c1516/18 Madonna of the Cherries, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1518 Bacchanal, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1518 Assumption and Coronation of the Virgin, Venice, Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

1522 Bacchus and Ariadne, London, National Gallery

1523 Man with a Glove, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1526 Madonna with Members of the Pesaro Family, Venice, Sta Maria del Gloriosa dei Frari

c1535 Girl in a Fur, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1536 La Bella di Tiziano, Florence, Palazzo Pitti

1538 Francois I, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1538 Venus of Urbino, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi

c1540 Benedetto Varchi, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1543 Christ Crowned with Thorns, Paris, Musée du Louvre

1543 Ecce Homo, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

c1545 Portrait of Pope Paul III, Naples, Museo di Capodimonte

1546 Pope Paul III and his Grandsons, Naples, Museo di Capodimonte

1543-47 The Vendramin Family, London, National Gallery

1548-51 Pietro Aretino, New York, Frick Collection

1550-51 Elector John Frederick of Saxony, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1553-4 Danae, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1553-4 Venus and Adonis, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

1554-6 Perseus and Andromeda, London, Wallace Collection

1558 Portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto, Philadelphia Museum of Art

1556-9 Diana and Actaeon, Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland

1556-9 Diana and Callisto, Edinbugh, National Gallery of Modern Art

c1560 Rape of Europa, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts

1560-8 The Tribute Money, London, National Gallery

1567/68 Jacopo Strada, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

1573-6 Pietà, Venice, Galleria dell’Accademia

Titian - Featured Paintings

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