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Titian’s ecce homo on slate: Stone, oil, and the transubstantiation of painting

Nygren, CJ (2017) Titian’s ecce homo on slate: Stone, oil, and the transubstantiation of painting. Art Bulletin, 99 (1). 36 - 66. ISSN 0004-3079

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Titian's Ecce Homo (Museo del Prado, Madrid) stands out for many reasons. First, the painting was a gift, so it reflects Titian's volition rather than the will of a patron. Second, the material that Titian elected to use demands attention: Ecce Homo is painted on slate. It is the only painting that Titian ever painted on slate, yet modern scholarship has largely ignored Titian's unique artistic material. The painter heightened the affective immediacy of Christian devotion by underlining the associations between the spiritual content of his image and the physical characteristics of its material substrate.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nygren, CJCNYGREN@pitt.eduCNYGREN0000-0002-2039-4313
Centers: University Centers > University Center for International Studies (UCIS) > European Studies Center
Date: 2 January 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Art Bulletin
Volume: 99
Number: 1
Page Range: 36 - 66
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/00043079.2017.1265285
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0004-3079
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2017 15:04
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 11:55


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