Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch (c.1511) by Titian

Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch - Titian - c.1511

Artwork Information

TitleMadonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch
Dimensions92 x 133 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch

The artwork titled “Madonna and Child with Sts Anthony of Padua and Roch” by Titian is an oil painting on canvas dating from circa 1511. This work epitomizes the High Renaissance art movement and is characterized as a religious painting. It measures 92 by 133 centimeters and currently resides in the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

In the artwork, the figures are arranged in a balanced and harmonious composition, a hallmark of Renaissance aesthetics. On the left, Saint Anthony of Padua is depicted with a humble and contemplative demeanor, wearing the brown habit of a Franciscan friar, standing next to a collection of lilies and a book, both of which are symbols commonly associated with him. To the right stands Saint Roch, identifiable by his pilgrim’s staff and the revealing of his plague sore by an angel, indicating his veneration as a protector against plagues.

Central to the composition is the serene Madonna, draped in a dark cloak with a sumptuous red lining, which showcases Titian’s dexterity in rendering textures and fabrics. She cradles the Christ Child, whose divine nature is subtly hinted at by His intent gaze and confident posture as He blesses the viewer. The intimacy and sacredness of the scene are further emphasized by the calm, yet vivid landscape visible in the background, providing both a sense of depth and a divine aura to the setting. Together, these elements coalesce to create a spiritually uplifting and visually rich painting that is representative of Titian’s early mastery and the ideals of the High Renaissance.

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