Art: An Appetite for Human Character

Titian found the mind's construction in the faces of his subjects

Tiziano Vecellio, Titian to us, was one of the most famous, adored and formidable artists who ever lived -- the classic Dead White Male, so to speak. And when he was a Live White Male, which is to say for the best part of a century -- he was born in 1488 or 1490 in Pieve di Cadore, a hill town in northern Italy, and was carried off by the plague in his beloved but insalubrious Venice in 1576, still painting, at the patriarchal age of nearly 90 -- he posed dreadful problems for other artists. The length of his career...

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