The Prague Castle, in cooperation with Art for Public s.r.o. and Global Art Exhibitions, Inc. with the curatorship of professors Lionello Puppi and Serena Baccaglini, sponsored by Maserati, Montegrappa and UniCredit are pleased pleased to present the art exhibition called “Titian Vanitas – The poet of the image and the shade of beauty” to celebrate
the Italian artist Tiziano Vecellio and his works in the Czech Republic.

Global Art Exhibitions, Inc. directed by Joseph Guttmann has decided to participate to this exhibition and to support it due to the high level of the project and the research made
by italian scholars guided by Professor Emeritus Lionello Puppi in collaboration
with Czech University, prof. Barbora Putova . The organizers are grateful for the enthusiasm of Mr Guttmann in bringing this project to fruition and also warmly thank Johanna Guttmann for her invaluable assistance with and contributions
to the success of this exhibition.

Through the artworks kindly given on loan by prestigious Italian and foreign institutions and private collectors, the viewer will be enchanted by the sensual and enigmatic women called Vanitas usually interpreted as an allegory of vanity. At the same time, visitors can admire perfectly realistic portraits and self-portraits from his late work.

Titian himself is depicted as an old and bearded man, but still full of power and emotion. Titian, among the most famous painters of the Renaissance, is an artist of international recognition whose works belong to the most precious treasures of the world's art heritage.

His broad thematic scope ranges from portraits
and landscape paintings to mythological
and religious themes.

The launch of the exhibition takes place on 13rd November 2015 at the Imperial
Stables of the Prague Castle until 20th March 2016

The guarantor and the main curator of the Prague exhibition is prof. Lionello Puppi, who is one of the world's greatest experts on Titian. The exhibition is conducted under the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Prague, headed by the Ambassador Aldo Amati. The project is accompanied with a progressive promotion campaign with the aim to communicate the innovative aspects of this exhibition, in order to provide a better understanding of the art of Tiziano Vecellio. This exhibition is intended to attract a wide audience.

It is an exceptional opportunity to introduce people the magnificent works by the artist who has enchanted the whole Europe and, even centuries later, continues to fascinate. With such a notable show, Prague ranks among the major cities, such as Rome, Paris or Vienna, which are famous for the art exhibition tourism.

Tiziano’s artistic techniques involve a long and complex process calling for perfect control, plenty of time, intense concentration and a large number of successive stages, like the design and production of a Maserati, that is not only a car but a real work of art.

Marco Tencone, Maserati Head of Design, affirmed that he has always considered the Maseratis, not only as sport and luxury cars, but as moving sculptures, not so much for a detail thatcan distinguish them, but as a whole, in a perfect balance between dynamic elegance and technological concept, like as Tiziano paintings.

In the creative process of a Maserati, the designers really take care of the graphic design expressiveness and, at the same time, of the surface treatment. This creates a close connection between the bodywork’s surfaces of the Maserati and a sculptural element.

Prof. Puppi’s curator comments

Prof. Puppi’s curator comments

The purpose of this special exhibition is to present, along with other masterpieces of Titian, the artworks by the Italian master housed in the Czech Republic in a dynamic context of their production and fame. At the same time there will be introduced the Titian’s workshop, affiliated to his Venetian residence at Biri Grande, that achieved extensive fame at the time and, thanks to an attention to detail, satisfied the most demanding clients.

The exhibition will also observe the metamorphosis of the model of the so-called “Vanitas” mostly depicted as a beautiful young woman with a mirror. She will be presented here, together for the first time with the one hanging in the Florence gallery Ufizzi, the other in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya de Barcelona, plus one from a private collection. Moreover, the exhibition will host the sequence of self-portraits of the artist, independent or inserted into scenes.

It’s a pleasure to see that the great relations between the Czech Republic and Italy, already started during the time of the Emperor Rudolph II who loved Titian and his artworks, continues today thanks to this amazing exhibition that brings a piece of Italy to Prague."

Prof. Puppi’s biography

Lionello Puppi was born in Belluno. In 1958 he graduated as a Doctor of Letters from the University of Padova. At the same University, he has been Professor of History of Architecture and Urbanism and later associate professor of the History of Art. In 1990 he was called by the University Ca 'Foscari of Venice, where he held various roles, including that of Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, Chairman of the Bachelor of Science in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Director of the Department of History of Arts and professor of Methodology of Art History. Apart from teaching at many foreign universities, he is also an advisor and a member of major international organisations and a partner of Italian and foreign institutions.

As a curator of important art exhibitions and coordinator of international conferences he has participated in the preparation of scientific journals and he frequently publishes in major international magazines. His research has resulted in over a thousand works, including books and essays, focusing on Venetian culture from the fourteenth to the twentieth century.

Exibition's information

Dear visitors, due to the security of the exhibited artworks we would like to inform you that the number of visitors is limited to 60 persons in the exhibition area.
Please put you coats, bags and lugages in coatroom, otherwise
you will not be able to enter the exposition.
Thank you for your understanding

Opening hours

Open daily 10 am - 6 pm,
(closed 24. 12. 2015)



Basic 180 Kč

Discount 100 Kč

(student/senior/ISIC) - Discounts afforded only upon presentation of a valid card or full-time study paper.

Family Admission 400 Kč (2 adults and max. 5 children)

Admission for school classes 50 Kč/os.

Free Admission : ZTP, kids under 6 years old

Information for visitors

No food and drink are allowed during visit.

Exposition take up to 1 hour. You can buy tickets at the Imperial Stables of the Prague Castle.

Tickets are valid untill 20th March 2016. It can be given as present.

Titian’s life

The exact date of Titian's birth is uncertain. It is most likely to have been between 1488 and 1490. He was born in Pieve di Cadore, near Belluno ( Republic of Venice).

At the age of nine he set out for Venice with his brother Francesco to live there with an uncle and to become an apprentice to Sebastiano Zuccato, a master of mosaics. Then he passed to the workshop of the elderly Gentile Bellini, from which Titian later transferred to that of his brother Giovanni Bellini the greatest Venetian painter at that time.

Titian’s early works are richly evident of his schooling and also of his association as a young man with another follower of the elderly Giovanni Bellini, namely Giorgione of Castelfranco (1477–1510). Their collaboration in 1508 on the frescoes of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi (now almost totally destroyed) is a key point of departure in Titian’s career: distinguishing between their work at this period remains a subject of scholarly controversy. Titian completed several of Giorgione's works-in-progress; in fact, after Giorgione’s death in 1510, Titian assumed the task of adding the landscape background to Giorgione’s unfinished Sleeping Venus (Gemäldegalerie, Dresden).

It is certain that Titian’s first independent commission was for the frescoes of three miracles of St. Anthony of Padua, in 1510. Three years later he opened his own workshop and was able to hire two assistants. In 1516, he was commissioned to paint the high altar in the Church of Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. When finished, Titian was the most celebrated artist in Venice. Afterwards, Titian was commissioned by the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso d’Este, to paint some mythological paintings in 1518: Worship of Venus and Bacchus and Ariadne.

During this period (1516–1530), which may be called the period of his mastery and maturity, the artist moved on from his early Giorgionesque style, undertook larger, more complex subjects and for the first time attempted a monumental style.

Around 1533, Titian was hired as a court painter for Charles V of the Holy Roman Emperor, and awarded the title Count Palatine and Knight of the Golden Spur by the Emperor.

In 1538, he painted Venus of Urbino. She is naked, lying on the chaise in a sensual position, with a small dog on the floor next to it. This was supposed to be a wedding present for the Duke of Urbino’s new wife. It is based on Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus, for the figures depicted have the same pose, but Giorgione’s is not erotically suggestive in the way Titian’s is. This painting would inspire so much art in the future (as did Ingres with the “Grande Odalisque” and Manet with his “Olympia”).

He visited Rome in 1546, and obtained the freedom of the city (his immediate predecessor in that honor having been Michelangelo in 1537). In 1548 Titian moved to Augsburg to reach the emperor’s court; and again between 1550 and 1551. On his return to Venice in 1551, Titian remained there for the rest of his life except for summer visits to his native city of Pieve di Cadore.

During the last twenty-six years of his life (1550–1576) the artist worked mainly for Philip II and as a portrait-painter. For Philip II he painted a series of large mythological paintings known as the "poesie", mostly from Apollo and Maryas , which are regarded as among his greatest works.

Titian died on August 27, 1576 probably from the plague; he was approximately 80 years old, but we can’t be sure. Titian is buried at the Church of Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to commemorate him.