A Compelling Unorthodox Originality in Venetian Art

Painting by Titian "Assunta" oil on linen 690 × 360 cm 1516-1518

Painting by Titian
“Assunta”
oil on linen
690 × 360 cm
1516-1518

On a BBC show on Venetian Art, it was said that Venetian art had a compelling unorthodox originality.

But until Titian,Venetians were accused of failure to elevate painting out of the material world to an expression of an idea.

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No art is any good unless you can feel how it’s put together. By and large it’s the eye, the hand and if it’s any good, you feel the body. Most of the best stuff seems to be a complete gesture, the totality of the artist’s body; you can really lean on it.

— Frank Stella
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