Christ with Globe (1530) by Titian

Christ with Globe - Titian - 1530

Artwork Information

TitleChrist with Globe
Dimensions82.5 x 60.5 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationKunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

About Christ with Globe

“Christ with Globe” is a religious painting from the High Renaissance era, dated to 1530. The renowned artist Titian, a leading figure of the Italian Renaissance, created this artwork with dimensions measuring 82.5 x 60.5 cm. The painting is housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum located in Vienna, Austria, where it forms part of the museum’s remarkable collection of fine art.

The artwork portrays Christ as a serene and majestic figure. He is depicted with a calm and thoughtful expression, embodying a sense of divine wisdom and authority. His attire is composed of richly colored garments; a vivid red robe drapes over a deep blue garment, symbolizing the traditional colors associated with divinity and royalty. In his left hand, Christ holds a transparent globe, representing his dominion over the world and his comprehensive, all-seeing nature. The painting is characterized by its simple composition that focuses exclusively on the figure of Christ, drawing the viewer’s attention directly to his countenance and the symbolic orb in His grasp. The masterful rendering of textures, from the soft hair and beard to the sumptuous fabrics of his clothing, demonstrates Titian’s exceptional skill with the brush. The naturalistic representation of Christ, along with the use of sfumato to create the soft transitions of light and shade on his skin, is testament to the High Renaissance style’s pursuit of lifelike representation and the exploration of humanistic themes in sacred subjects.

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