portraits of Titien are lodged until January inside the small museum of
Luxembourg, beside the Palais du Senat. Fascinated by the expression of
the human face, Titien is one of the large observant artists of the
Italian Rebirth. Beside the official portraits such those of Charles
Quint or François 1st, his portraits of woman suggest purity and
lyricism at the same time. Pure and stripped, voluptuous Venus. Strong
Judith, decapitating Holopherne, scenes biblical and yet contemporary,
immortal women in their elegance. Tullia d' Aragona, the most tempting
courtesan of Venice, is reported for ever in all its sensuality.
Titien, which became the official painter of Charles Quint, could
always preserve a theatrical naturalness. The installations are
unquestionably worked but preserve the grace of a learnedly
retranscribed spontaneousness. The man with the glove or the portrait
of a musician brings back to us simpler humanities, but always also
blazing by their proximity with our common meetings. An exhibition to
discover lost faces but astonishment alive.