Via NYT, Business (Some Unfinished) From Titian, 1500s C.E.O;
Does Titian’s late style betray aging infirmity or maybe impatience, or does it imply that pictures like this aren’t finished? Scholars have pondered this question for years. The truth seems to be that Titian, running a very busy workshop, painted differently for different clients under different circumstances. He recycled images, concocted variations that allowed him to make short cuts, had assistants do work when the assignments weren’t for kings and doges. Like the chef of a four-star kitchen, he might drop by at the end to touch up the results.