Tiziano Vecellio, better known as Titian, was the greatest painter of the Venetian school and one of Italy's most important High Renaissance artists. He singlehandedly revolutionised nearly all aspects of painting and inspired future greats such as Rubens, van Dyck, Velazquez and Rembrandt.
Titian's early paintings showed the influence of Giovanni Bellini and Giorgione, with whom he painted frescoes. In 1516 he started his masterpiece the Assumption Of The Virgin. Its large size and innovative composition, gives power to the subject.
His wife died in 1530 and his style changed. His work was more restrained and he used complementary rather than contrasting colours. Titian gained fame for his portraits which often show the sitter engaging in an activity, such as Charles V riding on horseback.
Titian mastered the three major artistic genres of his time - religious, mythological and portrait painting. His work was astonishing for the freedom of the brushstrokes and bravura use of oil paints. Titian's most famous works include Bacchus And Ariadne, The Danae and The Rape Of Europa.