ARTS & CULTURE
03/02/2012 11:41 am ET

Titian Dubbed The "Fred Astaire" Of Painting (VIDEO)

Titian was exalted for his mastery of color and the luminosity of his works. His flesh glowed, his figures danced. The 16th century Venetian master forever impacted not only Renaissance art but the future of Western art.

Antony Gormley, the Turner prize winning sculptor, discusses the impact of confronting a Titian painting in the BBC video above. Gormley suggests Titian predicted the future of art in his works, and likens the movement and looseness of figures in the works to a dance. Titian, he suggests, danced with forms. "I think that these two paintings are amongst the highest achievements that painting can attain," Gormey says, "and what they bring is...joy."

The National Gallery (UK) and the National Galleries of Scotland recently purchased Titian's "Diana and Callisto" for a cool $72 million; they now have joint ownership over the masterpiece.

What is your opinion, readers? Do you think this late Titian painting is one of the greatest works to exist?

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