At the dawn of the sixteenth century, the republic of Venice reigned as one of the most powerful city-states of Europe. The pre-eminent artist during this period was Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian. Titian's older and younger contemporaries included painters of the stature of Bellini, Giorgione, Bassano, Tintoretto and Veronese. This book examines twenty of the most important paintings by these artists included in The Age of Titian , an exhibition to be held at the National Galleries of Scotland from 4 August 2004 through 5 December 2004. Titian and his World also traces the development of Venetian painting from 1460 to 1615 and provides the background to the opulence and sensuousness of Venetian painting.