The Renaissance in Venice is said to have come later than in the rest of Italy. This could be mainly due to the geography of the city making it seem to be cut off from the rest of the Italian peninsula. However, this did not hinder the flourishing of art in Venice as it produced geniuses such as Titian, Bellini and Giorgione who were considered to be the greatest painters in Venice. Even though Venice was at war with the Ottoman Turks and a plague had also hit the city. How art still managed to flourish through such turmoil is attributed to the wealth of the city due to maintaining routes of trade with northern European countries and also to ‘'its stable republican government.''
Titian came into the scene around the beginning of the 16th century and with the start of the century, came the start of a new genius. He was born to a poor family about the year 1485 in Cadore, Italy and he was trained by Bellini whose legacy as Venice's painter he had to later pursue. Titian's technique and the way he blended poetry and romanticism in his art has been marvelling art critics and amateurs alike ever since his first few paintings.
[...] Pastoral Concert is a manifestation of romanticism in poetry such as Virgil's. He brings out the harmony of nature through pastoralism in his works blended in with poetry regarding classical times and romanticism. Some believe that it was the element of water being constantly present in the Venetian's lives that in fact led to the romanticising of the hills and fields in Venice as the element of pastoralism is also present in art due to its symbolic representation of the Ancients. [...]
[...] Titian: The Pastoral Concert Introduction: The Renaissance in Venice is said to have come later than in the rest of Italy. This could be mainly due to the geography of the city making it seem to be cut off from the rest of the Italian peninsula. However, this did not hinder the flourishing of art in Venice as it produced geniuses such as Titian, Bellini and Giorgione who were considered to be the greatest painters in Venice. Even though Venice was at war with the Ottoman Turks and a plague had also hit the city. [...]
[...] In Harold E. Wethey's ‘Titian and His Drawings', he mentions that some regard the standing nude as the obvious companion of the well-clothed lutenist in contrast to the opinion illustrated above yet this was contrasted with the other opinions mentioned before. Furthermore, the act of the standing nymph pouring back water into the sarcophagus is considered as an act of rejuvenation and thus I believe that it might be possible that the picture is a manifestation of life, the kind of life that comes in Spring with the blooming trees and hills and the shepherd in the background. [...]
[...] Titian's Pastoral Concert is my personal favourite along with the Three Ages of Men from his works. Basically, Pastoral Concert sums up the basic recipe to harmony in life; harmony with nature, cultures and the presence of music. The painting is also known to have a historical edge to its meaning as some regard the young men as being the Venetians amidst the lands of the Ancients as Greece was the main route of trade that the Venetians had and thus this painting represented a piece of their history and the influences they got from such cultural interactions. [...]
[...] In the next detail, the reflectogram shows that even the figure of the lutenist had endured minor alterations. The lutenist's hand is shown to have altered its original position from picking the string of the lute to resting upon the frame of the lute. Christiane Joost-Gaugier, however, regarded the figures of the two boys as possibly being self-portraits of Titian and Giorgione; the lutenist being Giorgione and his accompanying fellow boy being Titian. The sitting nymph is facing the ‘simple' young man and is seemingly accompanying the lutenist with its flute. [...]
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