National Geographic : 1948 Dec
vaonalUS eograpllc mVagazlne TITIAN (1477?-1576), Venetian * Venus with the Organ Player Tiziano Vecelli (Titian) left the world a portrait gallery of 16th-century giants. Dukes, doges, popes, and emperors endowed him with titles and commissions, but hehad to dun some of them for his fees. One of his patrons, Philip II of Spain, resembled this anonymous organ player. Titian! His very name describes his Venuses' golden hair and opulent flesh tones. The distant mountain reflects his birthplace in the Dolomites. Greater than ever, the artist was almost 100 years old when plague struck him down and carried off his beloved son. Thieves then plundered the treasures in his Venetian mansion. Two similar paintings, by Titian or his pupils, hang inMadrid.