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TITIAN (1490-1576) was the famed leader of the 16th century Venetian school of Italian Renaissance art. The "Assumption of the Virgin," the largest altarpiece in Venice, is certainly one of his most famous paintings. It unites three different scenes--the Apostles looking heavenward at the Virgin Mary with God looking down from above--found on the levels of Heaven and Earth.
This extraordinary piece of colorism, executed on a grand scale rarely before seen in Italy, created a sensation...
Another famed altarpiece is the "Pesaro Madonna." Both of these paintings are housed in Venice.
TINTORETTO (1518-1594) is considered the last great painter of the Italian Renaissance. His monster "Paradise," at 74 feet by 30 feet, is considered the largest painting ever on canvas.
It is a work so stupendous in scale, so colossal in the sweep of its power, so reckless of ordinary standards of conception or method, so pure an inspiration of a soul burning with passionate visual imagining and a hand magical to work in shape and color, that it has defied the connoisseurship of three centuries...
"The Last Supper" is a far more dramatic interpretation than the more famous rendition by Leonardo da Vinci.
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