Titian’s “Madonna with Saints and Members of the Pesaro Family” is a masterpiece of High Renaissance religious painting. Commissioned by Jacopo Pesaro in 1519-26, the painting is an oil on canvas measuring 16 feet by 9 feet. The subject matter depicts the Virgin and Child positioned at the top of a stepped platform along with other saints and members of the Pesaro family.
One can observe several figures in grandeur throughout different sections of the painting, including St. Francis, St. George, and an angel holding James’s hat sent by God to aid him during his fight against Moors in Spain. The grandeur scene also includes two columns placed on each side that are built into one architecture based on biblical stories such as “David Defeating Goliath” with Jacopo presented being crowned by Pope Alexander VI as victor over Muslims in Rhodes.
The artwork remains situated today at Frari Basilica in Venice after being initially painted for family chapel commissioned by Jacopo Pesaro located in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari church’s family chapel – Venice where tourists can see it up close. Handmade reproductions are available for purchase as well.