Focus on: Titian
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Titian was the undisputed leader of the Venetian art market by the mid-sixteenth century. He became ‘the’ portrait painter of his time, and served clients belonging to the church and European aristocracy. He won new business through close personal ties and networks. His prices were high, even as he developed a style that allowed him to paint quickly. He controlled his public image, creating a sense of austere, unapproachable grandeur in his self-portraits. He was by all accounts an articulate, courtly, sociable man, a close friend of the writers Ariosto and Aretino, bright enough to be sent on diplomatic missions on behalf of the Venetian Republic, refined enough to become the companion of kings.
Titian achieved his pre-eminence using methods that will be familiar to anyone who has had to deal with modern builders. Having done just enough work on a painting to secure a commission, he would move on to new projects, leaving the customer to wait years - and occasionally having to resort to legal action to get the finished work. This way of working, whilst infuriating to his clients, was central to Titian's creative process. At the same time much of his wealth came from using a workshop of tightly-controlled assistants to produce copies of his paintings.
In this art history study day we explore how Titian targeted Venetian and international nobility, political leaders, major church and state committees in Venice to build his career, and consider how his style might have developed over time to meet the challenge of younger competition.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Titian’s early career and his success at Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
• Titian’s mastery of portraits and how he met his clients
• Titian’s response to the arrival of Tintoretto and Veronese on the Venetian art scene.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Describe at least three works by Titian and situate them in the timeline of his career
• Identify at least one of Titian’s key patrons and describe how they helped his career
• Discuss how Titian responded to the challenge of the arrival of Tintoretto and Veronese on the Venetian art market.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to buy a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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Leslie Primo has spent more than 15 years giving lectures to the general public at the National Gallery for the Information and Education departments. During this time he graduated with a degree in History of Art and an MA in Renaissance Studies from Birkbeck, University College of London. In his studies he specialised in early Medieval and Renaissance studies, including, Italian Renaissance Drawing, Art and Architecture in Europe 1250-1400 Art and Architecture in Europe 1400-1500, Medici and Patronage, Narrative Painting in the Age of Giotto, and the work of Peter Paul Rubens focusing on his paintings of the Judgement of Paris, and Greek Myth in paintings. He is also an accredited Art Society lecturer.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.