Passavant VI, 235, 58 A woodcutter of German origin and training, Johannes Breit was drawn to the thriving book publishing industry in Venice as a producer of illustrations, Italianizing his name to Giovanni Britto. At the time, Venice had a significant German community. His printmaking activities ranged from book illustration, to French siege plans of Boulogne-sur-mer to reproductions after original drawings. For twenty years, he was closely associated with Titian and is recognized as a gifted interpreter of the artist's pastoral subjects. Inspired by the love of nature found in Virgil's "Eclogues" and the contemporary poetry of Jacopo Sannazaro, Titian played a role in establishing the Venetian pastoral tradition in the visual arts in which devotional and mythological subjects were set in expansive landscapes of studied naturalism.