1477-1576. Italian painter. This widely heralded artist was unique in his versatility. He painted vast altarpieces alive with ecstasy and Christian tenderness, lusty alcove pictures, battle scenes with hundreds of people, and many portraits. His virtuosity made him the most sought-after painter of his time. Always in robust health, he lived to the age of ninety-nine. He was a good husband and father, a faithful friend, and a man of dignity. Early in his life, Titian's father recognized the outstanding talent in his son and sent him to Venice to learn painting. After some study in design and color with a mosaic-maker, Titian went to the studio of Giovanni Bellini. While there, he was more greatly influenced by Bellini's student, Giorgione, whom Titian admired and followed as a friend. Titian became famous with a series of paintings he and Giorgione did for a German warehouse.