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Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), Self-Portrait, c. 1562 © 2002-2014 http://www.titian-tizianovecellio.org

August 27, 1576. Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio (c. 1488/1490 – 27 August 1576) known in English as Titian was an Italian painter, the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno (in Veneto), in the Republic of Venice. During his lifetime he was often called da Cadore, taken from the place of his birth.

A woman looks at Titian’s painting « Mary Magdalene in Penitence » during a press preview of an exhibition of 16th and 17th century Italian painting at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece, on Monday Sept. 22, 2008. The exhibition « From Titian to Pietro da Cortona: Myth Poetry and the Sacred, » ran until Dec. 20. On display were 24 works by Titian and other Italian masters, on loan from a score of Italian galleries and collections.