A little bit of paint and a whole bunch of bragging rights: Go see Titian

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: "Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting"

    WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12:15 to 7 ...

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  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: "Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting"

    WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through August 14.

    WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonet St., Houston

    COST: $13 to $17

I'll bet you've never heard of Titian. I'd love to be able to stick my nose in the air and look shocked, but until about five seconds ago, I'd never heard of the guy either.

So, there'll be no snorting from this general direction, but the works of Titian and a bunch of other painters from the 16th century Venetian School of painting.

The Scots may be more famous for "Braveheart" and, of course, Scotch, but they just so happen to have one of the world's finest collections of masterworks from the Venetian Renaissance.

I don't know that anyone ever actually graded any of these Italian painters, but you bet your boots Titian would've been at the top of the class if they had.

The exhibit, "Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting," opened Wednesday at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

The exhibit includes 25 works - 13 paintings and 12 drawings - on exhibit, according to a news release issued by the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

The collection features two works that people in the know say are the best to come from the Italian Renaissance, "Diana and Actaeon" and "Diana and Callisto." Both, of course, by good ole Titian.

You've gotta be in the right mood for this stuff. Renaissance painting is the kind of thing that'll suck you right in if you take the time to really take it all in.

So, get yourself there and do a little taking. I mean, don't steal or anything, but an afternoon lost in painting will do your soul a whole ton of good. When some uppity type tries to sound high-fallutin' about Titian, they'll have the thrill of real terror when you actually know things about him. Dianna Wray is the Advocate's environmental reporter and has studied the arts. Contact her at dwray@vicad.com.