Not only does this book offer a studied and insightful look into the works of one of the most technically gifted of the world s painters but it also invites the reader to discover the bustling world of the Venetian art scene in which Titian lived and worked. Its compelling narrative will please the general public while its unique cross-analysis of the 16th century Venetian painters will interest art specialists and students. This study of Titian s life and works relates the contemporary and historical influences of the style and colours that Titian came to master. The author reveals how Titian s personal life his relationships with important Venetian painters and influential European political leaders is inextricably tied to his artistic career as he defines style through artistic encounters and his powerful friends become his subjects. The calibre of the story and the quality of the images are rarely accompanied by such a competitively moderate price.