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Rome brings to life 'Cinquecento' art with Titian exhibit

2013-04-27

The exhibit brings together 39 renown paintings from the Venetian artist that span his religious and civilian phases. He depicts biblical scenes, as well as portraits of some of the most influential people in the 16th Century. Experts consider him to be the most important artist of his time. 


MATTEO LAFRANCONI 
Quirinal Stables 
"He's a type figure that bridges the Italian Renaissance from the 1400's, and until the arrival of European art, not just Italian, at the end of the 17th Century. He's an extraordinarily prolific painter with a catalog of about 400 works of art.” 

The exhibition hall is dimly lit to maximize the contrast from the vivid colors used in the paintings. Near the end is a self portrait of the author in old age, who faces one of his most moving works, "the Martyrdom of St. Lawrence.” This pieces shows off his skill in using light to give it a dramatic effect. 

MATTEO LAFRANCONI 
Quirinal Stables 
"The colors and the paint are more natural, more sensual, more material, with this triumph of the Venetian color palette. Titian embodied in his younger years the Venetian color schemes, and absorbed almost like a sponge the art brought from different schools in Rome and Florence, also European and Flemish art.” 

Another of the standout pieces in this exhibit is the "Allegory of Prudence,” completed in 1565, and shows off his command over the loose brushstrokes technique. 

MATTEO LAFRANCONI 
Quirinal Stables 
"He's an extraordinary explorer of the possibilities within the Picturesque style. Each time he gains confidence in himself, he leaves behind those instruments at his disposal, reduces the color palette, the material on the canvas. And we see towards the end of his life, his color palette had very few colors, but dark colors.” 

The exhibit was made possible thanks to the collaboration from museums from all over Europe, like the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, or the Louvre in Paris. It will remain on display until June 16. 


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