From the 15th century through the 16th century, Venice, the City of Water, facing the Adriatic Sea, achieved tremendous prosperity from its maritime commerce and flourished spectacularly as the center of Renaissance art, rivaling Florence and Rome.
Venice witnessed advances in art, primarily in the area of painting, and the Bellini workshop and Vivarini workshop produced many prominent artists. Among them, Titian (1488/90-1576), developed his own distinctive style, using a free brushwork and abundant color, and his paintings had a wide influence, not only within Venice, but also through Europe. Throughout his long life spanning over eighty years, Titian responded to the unending requests commissioned by the principal churches and aristocracy in Venice, and furthermore, produced paintings for monarchs and the pope. His innovative oil painting technique is regarded as setting the precedent for modern art.
This exhibition will display a total of approximately 70 paintings and prints. It will include works from the early Renaissance period in Venice developed primarily by the Bellini workshop, the mature artistic period of Titian and the Venetian school of artists, and the period of prominent artists after Titian. On display will be Titian’s masterpieces such as Flora
as well as various outstanding works in the collection of major Italian museums. This exhibition will provide the audience with a wonderful opportunity to fully experience the fascination of the Venetian school of art.
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