Titian Red

In 13 History on 2011/06/14 at 7:55 AM

Lipstick and film companies have spent a fortune trying to duplicate the hue of the unique red color that characterizes  Titian’s paintings.  One clue that has not yielded results is that as a very young boy Titian used to make his younger sister collect flowers from the meadows in her apron. This diligent little assistant would separate them by colors.  Thus, she prepared his palette.  The precocious artist would then press the flowers against dilapidated walls, staining them permanently.  Many a decrepit building became the canvas for a painting of a beautiful Madonna.

You have to see an original Titian in order to see Titian red.  No medium has  suitably duplicated it.  The images here are poor proximities of his work using his red.  To see the original is an unforgettable experience.


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