Titian and his influence on the Western art world has been enormous due to his strong personality and innovative oil on canvas technique.
Titian is the English name of the Italian artist Tiziano Vecelli or Tiziano Vecellio, the most important painter of the Venetian School and one of the biggest influences in the Baroque Spanish school, especially in Velazquez, who not only admired him as a great painter but also as a person who had ennobled the humble job of a painter. Before Titian, a painter was a simple artisan; after Titian, a painter was a prestigious creator who deserves honors and even titles of nobility.
Then, Titan personality and painting methods, particularly in the application and use of color, would exercise a deep influence not only on artists of the Italian Renaissance (Veronese or Tintoretto), but on future generations of Western art: their loose brushwork and subtlety of polychromatic modulations are without precedent in the history of art. Titan has a long life and travelled extensively under the protection of the Spanish kings Charles I and Philip II. Then, very many artists of different countries could know his particular way of painting: with stains and forgetting the strict drawing and hard profiles.
Furthermore, Titian was one of the most versatile painters, equally skillful with portraits (Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg, 1548), landscape backgrounds (The Death of Actaeon), and mythological (Danae) and religious subjects (Assunta, 1518). His contemporaries recognized him as “The Sun Amidst Small Stars” (recalling the famous final line of Dante’s Paradiso).
A genius very appreciated now a days. In fact, two of Titian artworks in private hands have been up for sale. One of these works, Diana and Actaeon, was acquired by London National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland on 2 February 2009 for ₤50 million ($71 million). The other painting, Diana and Callisto, was acquired by the same amount and collectors recently.