Titian library

From the time it was founded in 2003, the Fondazione Centro studi Tiziano e Cadore has promoted a series of important projects,  contributing towards an increased knowledge of the artist and thus becoming a concrete cultural entity in Titian studies.

One of the projects consists of enriching the Titian Library, currently located in two places: the old part, established by the Celso Fabbro Foundation, is located in the Palazzo of the Magnifica Comunità di Cadore – which owns this part of the library – whereas the modern and contemporary part, composed of R.W. Rearick’s bequest and various acquisitions, is housed in Titian the Orator’s House.

This project is curated by the scientific committee, which is working so that in as short a time as possible this collection, which is composed of documents, manuscripts and volumes of historic value concerning Titian’s life and works, is made available to the public for its consultation.

Rare 16th-century writings, three different editions of Cesare Vecellio’s Habiti, as well as a manuscript on the Pieve di Cadore castle and the churches in Cadore, with exquisite illustrations by an anonymous author and artist, are part of the library collection.

Library Opening Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 14:30-18:30
Tuesday and Friday 8:30 – 12:30

Curator: Raffaella Vallone

Library on-line

Consult the on-line library in the catalogue of the Belluno libraries, under catalogo delle biblioteche bellunesi /Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (OPAC SBN).

William R. Rearick

William R. Rearick (20.09.1930 to 31.07.2004), who was universally known as “Roger” was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to a family of distant Scottish origin. His passion for the history of art emerged at a very early age. He studied as an undergraduate at New York University and obtained his doctorate from Harvard University.  However,  given his principal interest in Italian and, in particular, Venetian art, he spent great lengths of time in Italy, studying at the University of Padua with Giuseppe Fiocco and working on his PhD dissertation,  a fundamental monographic study on Jacopo Bassano.After working at the Frick Collection in New York, he taught at John Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of Maryland until 1991, the year in which he retired and moved definitively to Venice.  In Venice he dedicated his time exclusively to his much-loved research on Venetian Renaissance art.As well as a dense series of studies dedicated to Jacopo Bassano and his sons, he made important contributions to the study of other great 16th-century Venetian artists, from Giorgione to Titian to Paolo Veronese. His extremely methodological approach became clear from the very outset of his career. It is an aspect which defines one of the greatest contributions to the history of Venetian art of the past decades, his work on the graphic production of the artists. This aspect of Venetian art had more or less been relegated to a specialist category until Rearick’s work. For him, however, it had always been a fundamental component of the creative process; an indispensable component in reconstructing the culture and personality of artists. The catalogue of the 1976 Florence exhibition, Tiziano e il disegno veneziano del suo tempo, the volumes on the Maestri veneti del Cinquecento published by Alinari (1977-1980) and the numerous articles and papers dedicated to the drawings of individual artists, from Jacopo Bassano to Lorenzo Lotto, from Paolo Veronese to Jacopo Tintoretto, are exemplary. A kind of summa of his research culminated in the 2001 volume titled Il disegno veneziano del Cinquecento, published in a more concise version than the author himself had initially wanted.Yet, a memoire on Roger Rearick cannot be limited only to his scholarly activities: friends, colleagues and students, who knew him, will never forget his extraordinary kindness, the affability with which he welcomed everyone to his Venetian home, and  he generosity with which he shared his knowledge.

Celso Fabbro

Born on 23 January 1883 in Auronzo di Cadore, Celso Fabbro attended the University of Padua where he graduated in law with highest honours. Apart from his work as a lawyer, he found the space and time to hold important political positions and for more than fifty years he also dedicated himself to collecting news items, documents, books and etchings related to Titian.His studies on Titian resulted in a large number of writings published in various newspapers and magazines.  He also published a book that still remains a primary reference for Titian studies: Tiziano: La vita e le opera, printed on the initiative of the Magnifica Comunità di Cadore for the first time in 1968 and subsequently reissued in other editions.It was Celso Fabbro himself, as President of the Magnifica Comunità di Cadore, who supported and brought to fulfilment the restoration of Titian’s house in Pieve di Cadore.Upon his death, in Jesi in 1974, his valuable Titian book collection was bought and housed by the Magnifica Comunità di Cadore itself. The patrimony created by the lawyer-scholar is made up of approximately 500 titles, a hundred or so of which date prior to 1830: six 16th-century writings, numerous first editions and other rare and important volumes on Titian published before the 1960s.