How (and why) artists write: the case of Titian’s letters.

Period of duration of course
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Course info
Number of course hours
40
Number of hours of lecturers of reference
40
Number of hours of supplementary teaching
0
CFU 6
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Seminars

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Prerequisites

No prerequisites required; the course is open to everyone.

Programme

The course aims to re-examine some historical, philological and linguistic questions raised by Titian’s surviving letters. First of all: why does Titian write? Who does he prefer to address? What are the features of his language? And then: why in the corpus we know the act of writing letters is mostly delegated to third parties? From this circumstance derives the inhomogeneity of the so-called Titian epistolary: inhomogeneity of tone, lexicon and textual types. In this context the few letters that are certainly autograph are very important to  obtain reliable data regarding Titian’s graphic, linguistic and textual culture. The main focus will therefore be on autographs, carefully verifyng the single pieces on reproductions of the originals.

Educational aims

Based on direct analysis of various 16th century letters, the course aims to train students in the historicization and linguistic close reading of ancient texts.

Bibliographical references

Vittore Branca, Due solitudini in un carteggio. Tiziano e Filippo II, in Medioevo e Rinascimento veneto. Con altri studi in onore di Lino Lazzarini, Padova, Antenore, vol. II, pp. 203-209; Gianfranco Folena, La scrittura di Tiziano e la terminologia pittorica rinascimentale (1983), ora in Id., Il linguaggio del caos. Studi sul plurilinguismo rinascimentale, Torino, Bollati Boringhieri, 1991, pp. 255-279; Carlo Ginzburg, Tiziano, Ovidio e i codici della figurazione erotica nel Cinquecento (1978), ora in Id., Miti emblemi spie. Morfologia e storia, Torino, Einaudi, 1986, pp. 133-157; Giorgio Padoan, ‘Ut pictura poesis’: le «pitture» di Ariosto, le «poesie» di Tiziano, in Id., Momenti del Rinascimento veneto, Padova, Antenore, pp. 347-370; Erica Tietze-Conrat, Titian as a Letter Writer, in «The Art Bulletin», 26/2, giugno 1944, pp. 117-123; Tiziano, Le lettere, dalla silloge di documenti tizianeschi di Celso Fabbro, presentazione di Giuseppe Vecellio, introduzione di Ugo Fasolo, prefazione di Clemente Gandini, Belluno, Magnifica Comunità di Cadore Editrice (Tipografia Piave), 1977; Tiziano, L’epistolario, a cura di Lionello Puppi, Postfazione di Charles Hope, Firenze, Alinari 24 ORE, 2012.