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November 13, 2018

The Italian Renaissance is famous for the artistic boom that took over the country and most of Europe. New styles were created, artists made it big, and the world received pieces of art that are still considered the best to this day.


Now, many people know who DaVinci and Michelangelo are, and they may have heard the name Caravaggio tossed about here and there. But the artist I'm most fond of is Titian.



Titian had a very unique style that utilized shadows and soft edges over light and fine lines, and to me his work stands out more than anyone's.


Now, you may think of "Ascent of the Virgin" if you have heard of Titian (which isn't bad because Ascent is amazing), but I instead direct you to a lesser known painting,one that has a more interesting story:



This piece, a painting of Saint Margret who has just escaped from the jaws of Satan-as-a-dragon (seriously), was gifted by Titian to the plumber of Charles I back in the 16th century.


The lighting in this piece is always fascinating, because the use of shadows never outdoes the details. The foreground is fairly light so that you can understand the surroundings but still focus on the contrasting Margret and Satan.


There's also symmetry between Dragon Satan and the ominous background: Both are dark and foreboding, thus making the area more comforting and visually pleasing.


The emotion on Margret's face is also amazing to look at: Titian managed to capture that feeling of terrified relief when you've just avoided some horrible disaster. 


The Saint Margret painting is a great example of using shadows to tell a story, much like the LED displays from last week tell a story without filling the negative space. Plus, both are amazing to look at.


Titian has many amazing paintings that use shadows to provide details, and I highly recommend going and finding more of his work to enjoy.

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