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Tiziano Vecellio whom we know as Titian was born in the Alpine district of
Italy. His birthdate has been set as early as 1477 and as late as 1495. We are
really not sure when he was born. He studied with the famous painters Giovanni
Bellini and his brother Gentile Bellini and also with Giorgione . He married a
woman named Cecilia and they had three children. She died when the last child,
Lavinia, was born and Titian's sister came to help him with the family. He
became most famous for the portraits he painted. He had some important friends
who helped him. He was honored by Emperor Charles V who named him Count
Palatine of the empire and a knight of the Golden Spur. These were great
honors for him to have. He painted a picture of the Emperor on horseback.
Titian became a wealthy man and invited other artists to visit him in his home
in Venice. Oil paint first began to be used for painting pictures during this
time, and Titian became a master at using it to the best advantage. In
addition to many portraits he also painted altarpieces and in his later years
mythological characters. During the last twenty years of his life he began to
paint bolder and bolder strokes and even sometimes used his fingers to put the
paint on the canvas. Titian died of the plague in 1576. He was somewhere in
his 80's or 90's.