Registration: Mapping Titian is public: anyone is welcome and encouraged to search for paintings and create maps. Registration is required in order to view individual painting entries and to save custom maps and collections of paintings. All saved maps and collections will remain private. You will be asked to enter an email address and a password. Registered users also can elect to be a contributor, which allows the user to create a contributor profile and makes public all saved maps and collections.
Browse: Users can browse through thumbnail images of all of Titian’s attributed paintings. Detailed information about each painting can be found by clicking on the individual image. Users can also browse contributors, references, and their own saved collections.
*Note on data (updated 1/2017): We are currently inputting data, references, and biographies of collectors, as well as correcting as many errors as possible. We encourage users to report errors and make suggestions by emailing Jodi Cranston.*
Map with filters: To build a custom map, users can apply a filter or set of filters by checking the relevant boxes and entering the requested information. When the parameters have been selected and entered, users click on “Apply Filters” to see the results on the map. Information can also be filtered further according to provenance. For example, a specific picture or set of pictures identified by title can be mapped over a period of time. When creating a provenance map of this type, users should be aware that the journey of a particular artwork is indicated by numbered pins showing the sequence of an artwork's movement. Oftentimes it will appear as though numbers are missing from the sequence (i.e. the painting jumps from location #4 to location #8). Users can zoom into those areas to find that the painting has in fact moved but in a very small geographic area and the pins appear hidden because of their clustering together. Another example of a map that can be made with filters is a map that shows all of the paintings made in the materials of “oil on canvas” by entering this designation within the filter of “material.” Then, the map can be further refined by using the Provenance Filters. For example, all of the pictures executed in oil on canvas that were owned by Alfonso I d’Este could be located by clicking “Owner Name” under the Provenance Filters and entering “Alfonso I d’Este.”
Helpful tips for filters:
- All dates must be four-digit years (e.g. 2014)
- Choices of genre: portrait, myth, religious, history (following Wethey's designations)
- Materials: oil, canvas, panel, fresco, stone
- Names of owners and patrons can be found in the Glossary
Animated timeline map: Whereas the map with filters is a static map with the potential to map multiple pictures, the animated timeline map shows an individual artwork’s provenance from its creation to the present day. An animated timeline map can be created in two ways: 1) on each individual painting page, there is a button on the left hand side of the page to “View Provenance on Map”; and 2) any pin on a static custom map, when clicked on, reveals an information box with a thumbnail image, owner information, and a link to “View Animated Map.” Clicking on this link will open in a new window the animated timeline map for that painting. The date range of ownership at a particular location appears at the bottom of the map. Oftentimes pictures will remain in one location but change owners; the number of owners at a specific location will be indicated by a green circle with the total number of owners clustered at that location. Sometimes this green circle will conceal the itinerary number. Zooming into that location will clarify the numbered sequence of the itinerary. Many pictures have unknown owners and locations for periods of time: we have indicated those occurrences in a list under the "notes" tab below the map. Because the unknown locations cannot be mapped, there will be a jump in the number sequence for the itineraries (a jump from location #4 to #6, for example). We have attempted to locate as many specific locations as possible. Oftentimes we know that a picture was in a specific city, but do not know precisely where. In this situation, we have chosen a point in the city's center that is repeated for these generally locatable objects. Such occurrences will be indicated to a user when the location listed is a city rather than a specific street, house, museum, etc. This designation facilitates mapping the itinerary of a painting until its provenance information is discovered and/or refined.
My Collection: Users can create collections of paintings by viewing an individual painting and entering the name of a collection. If the picture is the first painting to join the collection, the name of the collection can be designated when this picture is added. If the picture is joining an existing collection, the name of the existing collection can be entered. Users also have the option to include a descriptive commentary of what is contained in the collection and/or of the specific painting or to append any notes. All pictures and comments will be saved to the user profile.
Favorites: Individual paintings and maps can be saved to favorites.
Search: All paintings, owners, collectors, patrons, and locations on the site can be searched by entering keywords. Whenever possible, we have followed the titles given to the paintings by their current owners. Search results will appear organized with category tabs ("Paintings," "Collections," "Contributors," and "Glossary"), which can be clicked on to view results and also narrowed further by using the filter that appears on the left side of the screen after a search is performed.
Empty frames indicate lost or destroyed artworks; "image not available" indicates that reproductions of the artwork are not available for reproduction--most often because they are in a private collection.