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  • I am known as Titian, one of the most important Italian Painters in the Italian Renaissance.  I painted for Pope Paul III, King Phillip II of Spain and also the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and was known for my famous paintings of Venus.
  •  Titian - Italian Painter
  • I was born as Tiziano Vecellio in Pieve de Cadore in 1488 to Gregorio and Lucia Vecellio. I was born the oldest of four children and grew up around the mountains. 
  • I became an apprentice to the Venetian artist Sebastiano Zuccato as a teenager where I learned basic skills before going off to work with more influential artists.
  • In 1516, I began work on my major commission for Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. I painted "Assumption of the Virgin"  for the church's altar, which helped establish myself as one of the leading painters in the area. 
  • Assumption of the Virgin shall be placed here
  • I then created my first masterpiece in a commission for Alfonso I d'Este, duke of Ferarra. It was a mythology inspired piece called "The Worship of Venus'. After this painting, Venus became a huge inspiration for my paintings. 
  • The Worship of Venus
  • I continued to paint until my death, on August 27, 1576, in Venice. I died of the plague but my sons were there with me until they unfortunately died of the plague, as well. Some of my artwork can now be found in museums around the world, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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