Titian by Sheila Hale
His Life

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5 Critic Reviews

...remarkably this is the first full biography since 1877. It also finds sympathy with the panjandrums of the National Gallery and the Royal Ballet, whose institutions are collaborating, as part of the London 2012 festival...
-Guardian

Synopsis

The first definitive biography of the master painter in more than a century, Titian: His Life is being hailed as a "landmark achievement" for critically acclaimed author Sheila Hale (Publishers Weekly). Brilliant in its interpretation of the 16th-century master's paintings, this monumental biography of Titian draws on contemporary accounts and recent art historical research and scholarship, some of it previously unpublished, providing an unparalleled portrait of the artist, as well as a fascinating rendering of Venice as a center of culture, commerce, and power. Sheila Hale's Titian is destined to be this century's authoritative text on the life of greatest painter of the Italian High Renaissance.
 

About Sheila Hale

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Sheila Hale has known and often lived in Venice since 1965 when she began work as research assistant to the late John Hale, with whom she worked on Renaissance Venice and The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance. Her guidebook to Venice, first published in 1984, was praised by David Lodge as '"the best guidebook I have ever used" and by Eric Newby as deserving "a Nobel prize." She has written other guidebooks, an architectural history of Verona and articles for a number of papers including the New York Times, London Observer, and Times Literary Supplement. Her book The Man Who Lost His Language was described by Brenda Maddox as enlarging "the language of love," and by Michael Frayn as "a triumph." Hale is a Trustee of Venice in Peril and lives in Twickenham, England.
 
Published November 20, 2012 by Harper. 901 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Titian
All: 5 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 2

NY Times

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Reviewed by Joseph Luzzi on Dec 28 2012

Despite its length, Hale’s biography leaves much of Titian’s complicated personality in the shadows.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Prodger on Jul 06 2012

...remarkably this is the first full biography since 1877. It also finds sympathy with the panjandrums of the National Gallery and the Royal Ballet, whose institutions are collaborating, as part of the London 2012 festival...

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Mark Archer on Dec 07 2012

Ms. Hale's book is not a work of original scholarship—and includes lamentably few reproductions of the paintings themselves...

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NPR

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Reviewed by Jason Farago on Nov 21 2012

...the brilliance of Titian rests not on his correspondence or bank ledgers but on his paintings.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Nicholas Delbanco on Nov 24 2012

"Titian" is both exhaustive and exhausting: better, perhaps, as a reference text than one that brings the painter back to life.

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