Mary with the Christ Child (1561) by Titian

Mary with the Christ Child - Titian - 1561

Artwork Information

TitleMary with the Christ Child
Dimensions174 x 133 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Mary with the Christ Child

The artwork titled “Mary with the Christ Child” is an oil painting on canvas by the renowned artist Titian, completed in the year 1561. Measuring 174 by 133 centimeters, this piece exemplifies the Mannerism movement of the Late Renaissance with its religious genre. Currently, the painting is held in a private collection.

The artwork depicts the Virgin Mary holding the young Christ Child in an intimate and tender moment. The composition is characterized by the warmth and emotion typically found in Titian’s works. Mary is seated, appearing serene and attentive, her gaze directed downwards towards the Child, who in turn clings to his mother. The figures are rendered with gentle strokes, emphasizing the tactile qualities of flesh and fabric.

Mary is adorned in rich garments, her red dress symbolizing passion and suffering, and her blue mantle representing purity and heaven, traditional color symbolism in Christian art. The use of chiaroscuro—the strong contrast between light and dark—accentuates the three-dimensionality of the figures and adds to the dramatic atmosphere of the scene.

In the background, a landscape with a setting sun creates an atmospheric mood and suggests the passage of time, which may symbolize the impending sacrifice of Christ. The intimate scale and the emotional depth of the figures illustrate the humanization of sacred themes that was a hallmark of the Late Renaissance period.

Overall, Titian’s masterful use of color and his ability to convey deep sentiment through the interaction of the subjects contribute to the enduring significance and emotional impact of this religious painting.

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