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Ravishing in all senses

TIZIANO VECELLIO—Titian—was, with Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, one of the cluster of men who took Renaissance art to unprecedented heights. Each, however, did so in a slightly different way: Leonardo through uniting art and science; Michelangelo through the heroism of the human body; Raphael through stately grandeur.

Titian (about 1490–1576) came from a different tradition to the others: as central Italians, they gave precedence to drawing and the intellect behind the design—whereas Titian came from Venice where colour and painterliness—were more

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