Titian, or Titian Vecellio, was born near Venice, in the city of Pieve di Cadore. Most are inclined to think that Titian lived for more than 80, but not for more than 90 years. Consequently, he was born somewhere in the period from 1485 to 1490.
The Vecellio family had four children - two girls and two boys. Father - Gregorio Vecellio - was an inspector of mines and the head of the people's militia, that is, the family was not rich, but not poor either.
Nothing is known about the education Titian received. We only know what the artist did not read in Latin - it was she who at that time was a sign of good education. Most of Titian's letters were written at his request by other people. However, this did not prevent his friendship with many writers. For example, the poet Pietro Aretino was his closest friend. Contemporaries described Titian as a very sociable person who was also distinguished by good manners.
Around 1500, Titian, along with his younger brother Francesco, was sent to study painting in Venice. Details of studies are unknown - they begin only in 1508. According to researchers of the work of Titian, he was a student of Sebastiano Zucato, Genti le Bellini, but soon made a decision and chose the workshop of Giovanni Bellini.
Strong friendship bound Titian and another famous artist - Giorgione. But this did not last long - Giorgione died in 1510.
Titian left for Padua, but soon returned to Venice. It turned out that in his hometown, of all the promising artists, he was the only one left. Many died, someone left. By 1516, Titian had already strengthened its position as a leading Venetian artist.
The basis of Titian's activity is altar images. The artist also performed quite prestigious private orders.
In 1530, Titian was introduced to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. During the next visit, the emperor already granted the artist the titles of the Knight of the Golden Spur and Count Palatinsky. Not a single painter was awarded such a title.
Acquaintance with the emperor made Titian overcome his fear of long-distance travel. He now traveled extensively to Spain and other countries, working for Charles V.
Titian and the son of the emperor - Philip II - were connected by friendship. However, she was sometimes staggered by Titian's love of money - there are such artists! He did not allow to delay the fees, and if this happened, then heaped the emperor with letters.
The master died, most likely from the plague - in 1576 it covered the whole of Venice.