Titian: His Life


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6.4 X 9.31 X 2.04 inches | 2.57 pounds

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About the Author

Sheila Hale is a distinguished travel writer and journalist. She has written articles for The New York Times, the Observer, The Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. She gives lectures and talks about aphasia to primary care trusts, social workers and stroke charities. She is now working on a biography of the sixteenth century Venetian painter Titian.


"An engrossing new biography...a portrait of Titian in his time...which should endure as the standard Life for the next century"--Financial Times
"Hale provides subtle insights into Titian's enigmatic last paintings...A scrupulous and exhaustive account that is informed by the latest scholarship, but admirably free of academic cant."--Daily Telegraph (London)
"A magnificent new biography...The elegance and energy of her narrative, together with a born biographer's eye for detail, make...[this] eminently readable and profoundly authentic..."--Jonathan Keates, Literary Review
"An exceptional biography of Titian...a superb portrait of the artist-an example of measured scholarship, judicious opinion, and telling framing detail"--The Guardian
"Titian stands out among his peers as Shakespeare does among writers, and Sheila Hale's authoritative and readable book is more than worthy of her subject."--The Economist
"This definitive biography of the great Renaissance painter in over a century is a landmark achievement."--Publishers Weekly, "Top 10 in Art and Architecture"
"Hale's approach is to try to understand the times in which he lived, and she succeeds brilliantly in capturing the pulse of 16th-century Venice, where the artist spent his working life. . . . Highly readable."--Wall Street Journal
"Impressive...entertaining...a feat of research...crammed with new or expanded or rethought information about this stubbornly mysterious giant"--Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times (London)
"Scholarly, erudite, panoramic, endlessly inquisitive and as clear as can be."--Craig Brown, The Mail
"[A] magnificent account of the incomparable Venetian artist Titian and the world he lived in...Hale writes an elegant, even worldly prose...delicious as well as authoritative...For me, it's the biography of the year."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post
"Sheila Hale's TITIAN takes on the heroic task of reconstructing this largely undocumented life. . . . Meticulous and fluid. . . . Hale's biography captures the energy and colors of everyday Venetian life as brilliantly as a Canaletto painting."--New York Times Book Review
"In reconstructing the largely undocumented life of the Venetian master painter, Hale also offers a dazzling look at the splendors of his city."--New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice
"Hale's new biography of Titian is a spirited account of self-invention."--California Literary Review
"An excellent biography...Hale's thorough research, judicious examination of evidence, lucid narrative style, and perceptive and illuminating interpretations of the major works are worthy of her great subject."--Booklist (starred review)
"In this monumental book, Hale sets forth what may become the definitive biography of Tiziano Vecellio (c.1480-1576), better known as Titian. . . . This impressive, ambitious, scholarly, interdisciplinary . . . book straddles academic disciplines, including art history, history, and literature. Strongly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"...a much needed volume...Hale directs her work in a magisterial way, never losing track of the main protagonist but also providing much more in her book; this is a portrait of a man's life, but also of his times."--The Art Newspaper
"It all makes for compelling reading...enriched by vivid anecdotes and gossipy snippets."--Independent