Palma Vecchio Self-Portrait About 1510

Drawing in Venice: Titian to Tiepolo

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Venetian art is admired for its richness of colour and sensuous effects in a type of painting first associated with Giorgione and Titian. The traditional view that Venetian artists had little interest in drawing (disegno) was strongly articulated in mid-16th century Florence by Giorgio Vasari, and developed by subsequent writers on art. This has influenced perceptions down to modern times, so that the 18th century – the age of Tiepolo and Canaletto – is seen as the period when drawing finally flourished as an art in Venice. Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, argues instead that drawing was fundamental to Venetian artists not only in their practice but in their artistic identities from the time of Titian down to that of Tiepolo.