NYU Department of Italian Studies, Department of Art History, & Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò Present
Rewriting Old Master Narratives in Titian's Touch
Maria Loh in Conversation with Ara H. Merjian and Jane Tylus
Maria H. Loh | CUNY Hunter College
Monday, December 16 at 6:30
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, Auditorium
24 W 12th St, New York, NY 10011
At the end of his long, prolific life, Titian was rumored to paint directly on the canvas with his bare hands. He would slide his fingers across bright ridges of oil paint, loosening the colors, blending, blurring, and then bringing them together again. With nothing more than the stroke of a thumb or the flick of a nail, Titian’s touch brought the world to life. The clinking of glasses, the clanging of swords, and the cry of a woman’s grief. The sensation of hair brushing up against naked flesh, the sudden blush of unplanned desire, and the dry taste of fear in a lost, shadowy place. Titian’s art was and is a synesthetic experience. To see is at once to hear, to smell, to taste, and to touch. But while Titian was fully attached to the world around him, he also held the universe in his hands. Like a magician, he could conjure appearances out of thin air. Like a philosopher, his exploration into the very nature of things channelled and challenged the controversial ideas of his day. But as a painter, he created the world anew. Dogs, babies, rubies and pearls. Falcons, flowers, gloves and stone. Shepherds, mothers, gods and men. Paint, canvas, blood, sweat and tears.
Learn more about Professor Loh's book Titian's Touch here.