Assumption of the Virgin (1516 – 1518) by Titian

Assumption of the Virgin - Titian - 1516 - 1518

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TitleAssumption of the Virgin
Date1516 - 1518
Dimensions360 x 690 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSanta Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice, Italy

About Assumption of the Virgin

The artwork “Assumption of the Virgin” is an illustrious oil on canvas by the esteemed Renaissance artist Titian, completed between 1516 and 1518. As an emblematic representation of the High Renaissance art movement, it portrays a religious scene with grand dimensions of 360 x 690 cm. Currently, the painting is housed in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, Italy, where it continues to be a beacon of religious art.

The artwork vividly depicts the Virgin Mary at the center, caught in a celestial ascent towards the heavens, surrounded by a throng of cherubs and angels. The Virgin is draped in a red robe over a blue garment, a traditional color scheme symbolizing her divinity and purity. She gazes upward with her hands outstretched, as if magnetically drawn towards the divine light that bathes her from above. The composition is poised and dynamic, with Mary forming the pivotal link between heaven and earth.

Above Mary, a group of angels await to receive her into the heavenly realm, their poses and expressions filled with reverence and anticipation. The gesture of one angel in particular, who holds out a crown, suggests the impending honor of Mary’s crowning as the Queen of Heaven. The upper part of the artwork, awash with golden light, contrasts with the mortal world below.

Beneath the ascending Virgin, the apostles are depicted in a state of bewilderment and awe. Their various gestures and expressions convey a mix of emotions; from astonishment and adoration to a deeper, contemplative recognition of the miraculous event they are witnessing. Some apostles reach out towards Mary as if to physically grasp the wonder before them, while others seem to look on in pious acceptance.

Titian successfully captures the drama and significance of the Assumption through masterful use of color, light, and composition, emphasizing the ethereal transition of the Virgin from earthly to divine. This paramount work is a testament to the artist’s ability to fuse the corporeal and spiritual realms into a cohesive and spiritually uplifting narrative.

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