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"Clearly, elegantly and often brilliantly written, this book is both a contribution to the scholarly literature on Titian and a thoughtful introduction to him and his work." -- Norman Land, , Professor of Art History, University of Missouri at Columbia

"Full of fresh and suggestive insights. A wonderful book which is going to be much in use for some time to come. -- Paul Barolsky, , Commonwealth Professor of Art History, The University of Virginia

"Generations of students of Italian painting will have reason to be grateful to Cole for a well-conceived, highly distinguished book." -- John Pope-Hennessy, Apollo

"In this sensitive and enthusiastic appraisal of color, Cole is at his best.... " -- Burlington Magazine

"Interesting and illuminating, goes further inside the Florentine movement of the early fifteenth century than any book I know." -- Kenneth Clark

"Scholarly and exacting.... An intellectually rigorous and elegant assessment of the evolution of Titian's style, which was startlingly original..." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[G]racefully written.... The strength of the book lies in its evocative descriptions of individual works." -- Choice

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Bruce Cole is Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University. A former Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, he is the author of Giotto and Florentine Painting, The Renaissance Artist at Work, Italian Art, 1250–1500 and other books.
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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press (September 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813390435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813390437
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,642,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Cole, the respected historian of Renaissance Italian art, has brought forth yet another highly compelling book, this time illuminating the achievements of the great Venetian painter, Titian. Cole, author of more than 10 books and a connoisseur of the highest order, offers clear and interesting commentary on the style of one of the masters of the Italian Renaissance. By placing Titian in the general context of Western art and the specific context of the golden age of Venetian painting, Cole makes Titian's achievements shine through his discussions of Titian's portraits, religious paintings and nudes. He shows how Venetian style differs from that in other parts of Italy, especially Florence, and how it grew and developed in its distinctive way. Cole explores Titian's contributions to portraiture, his sophisticated use of mythology, the question of drawing in Venetian painting, Titian's use of color, and the artists he influenced.
This book is an elegant and engaging introduction to Titian; it is full of fascinating information and observations not only about Titian but about his times. Cole's explanations of Titian's great works are lucid, sensible, and accessible to general readers and scholars alike. Definitely worth a close look. It is beautifully printed with luscious reproductions. Those in color are reproduced with great fidelity.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cohen on July 8, 2010
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I second all the praise that "A Customer" gives to this book, notwithstanding what I am about to say about its pictures. According to the book, it has 119 black and white reproductions and 8 color plates. In fact, in the paperback edition I have, published by Westview Press, the 8 so-called color plates are in black and white too. This doesn't really matter because, even if they were in color, the other 119 are not. Thus, when reading this book, you should have on hand a book of color prints of Titian's work (and, to a lesser extent, of Bellini's, Giorgione's, and a few other artists), or be near the computer to google images. It can be frustrating to read Bruce Cole's descriptions of the colors of a painting and have only a black and white reproduction in front of you.
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