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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... CADORE AS IT IS. 83 CHAPTER IV. CADORE AS IT IS. Cadore in L'Anonimo--Shape and character of the country--From Sexten to Cadore--The inn at Tai--The church at Pieve and its pictures--The Piazza and Prelura--Titian's house and the early fresco--Titian's visits to Cadore--The castle--The mountains, and Titian's use of them. T 'ANONIMO,' as the author of a 'Life of Titian,' published in 1622, is usually termed, is the only one of his biographers who has given a description of the place of his birth, and which, derived evidently from personal knowledge, is quite refreshing after Vasari's vague 'five miles from the Alps,' and the sheep-like imitation of succeeding writers. He says: 'Titian was born at Pieve, the principal town in Cadore, a territory always very faithful to the most serene Republic of Venice, and used by the ancient Romans for the passage of their armies into Germany, as antique medals constantly found there testify. The castle is reputed impregnable, being placed upon a very high hill, which can only be ascended by a narrow and very difficult path, and which is surrounded by broken rocks and inaccessible precipices. 'It is no wonder, therefore, that in the fierce wars of the Emperor Maximilian against the most serene Republic, this place alone was able, through its situation and the fidelity of the people, to maintain itself against the fury of the enemy. Here resided always those most illustrious captains to whom the Republic committed the military command of the country, and at the foot of it is the place where the deputies elected to the Council of Cadore assemble 'This is not of great circuit, but prettily arranged. In the midst of the principal piazza is a fountain of limpid and fresh water, which with a sweet murmur...

Cadore; Or, Titian's Country by Josiah Gilbert

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