Titian: The last act.

Oct-31-2007

Titian: The last act.The exhibition, Tiziano: L’ultimo atto (Titian: The last act) covers the final period of the great artist’s life when Tiziano Vecellio returned to his place of birth, Pieve di Cadore, 10 years before his death.
Loneliness, after the loss of his brother Francesco and his friend Pietro Aretino took him back to his roots in Pieve di Cadore at almost 80 years old, towards the middle of the 1560s. His return, in a crucial moment of his existential and artistic life, gave its fruits.

In those last 10 years of his life, before the plague took him in 1576, Titian continued to work despite difficulties seeing and a shakey hand.  His painting concentrated on sacred and mythological subjects.  It reflected his life events and a certain anxiety that pervades these final years after the Counter Reformation and an atmosphere of uncertainty in Europe.
Thus, the culmination of a lifetime’s work and experience have been collected in this exhibition, promoted by the Belluno Province together with other local, regional and provincial bodies among which is the Veneto Region,  the City Council of Belluno and  the Magnifico City Council of Pieve di Cadore and the Fondazione Centro Studi Tiziano e Cadore.  The exhibition takes place in Palazzo Crepadona in Belluno and at the Palazzo della Magnifica Comunità di Cadore.
Tiziano. L’ultimo atto, has been curated by Lionello Puppi and the design is by the originator of the Mart di Trento, architect Mario Botta.
It is an exhibition that explores new interpretations taken from recent studies on the Master’s painting of the period in question.  It is noted that his work dissolves into colour which has been seen as an apparently unresolved  sense of “anxiety and existential doubt stemming from the particular period of time in Europe.”
The selection of works are exceptional, sourced from major international museums.  The design by Botta is unusual and presented as a point of departure for study, research and discussion.
There are 20 paintings believed to be self portraits among which is the famous Cristo Portacroce (Christ Carrying the Cross)  and the Ritratto di Paolo III (Portait of Paul III)  which comes from the Ermitage di San Pietroburgo.
There are works  which can be traced back to Titian like the Venere con Cagnolino, a cherub and a partridge from the Uffizi.  There is a well thought out choice of drawings which puts into discussion and comparison existing paintings and etchings and works that have been lost.  It is a collection that also makes connections with other artists of the time and collaborators.
There are unpublished works or those that have never been shown before, signed letters and priceless documents that throw a new light on the life of a master.

 

by Valentina Bezzi | :venews 
october 2007 

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