Titian was sent to an uncle in Venice at around eleven years of age to establish an apprenticeship with an artist. Sebastian Zuccato organized for Titian and his brother to attend Gentile Bellini’s workshop.
Titian is credited with over 400 works, around 300 of which remain. In 2008, two Titian paintings in private ownership were put up for auction. Diana and Actaeon, one of them, was acquired for 50 million pounds by London’s National Gallery.
Titian’s spouse, Cecilia, was the child of a barber in Titian’s birthplace of Cadore. She had been his domestic and lover for five years as a young woman. Cecilia had already given birth to Titian’s two magnificent boys.