A. Pintura: Art Detective


Grandpa's List
Van Gogh

Chapter Five: Titian

"There's no way Titian painted your painting," I told her. "This painting of Titian is about Jesus Christ."

Detail of mystery painting
I explained: "Back in the High Renaissance--that's the 1500's--artists like Titian usually painted only famous or important people. Generally that meant people from the Bible or classical Greek or Roman myths, or important people in his own time--like anyone loaded enough to pay him to paint their portraits."

Detail of Titian's painting

"But the people in your painting look as ordinary as apple pie. Peasants like these wouldn't rate as background with Titian. Let's look at that list of your grandpa's again."


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