Noli Me Tangere (1511-12) by Titian

Noli Me Tangere - Titian - 1511-12

Artwork Information

TitleNoli Me Tangere
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions101 x 91 cm
Current LocationNational Gallery, London

About Noli Me Tangere

Titian’s painting, Noli Me Tangere, is a renowned piece that depicts the post-resurrection encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The painting is in oil on canvas and has been part of the National Gallery collection in London since the 19th century. Created around 1514, this masterpiece represents an early period of Titian’s career.

The scene shows Jesus preventing Mary from touching him and instructing her not to (“noli me tangere”). This moment signifies a pivotal point in Christian history where Christ moves from being bound by death to his resurrection state. The use of color and light adds depth to the work, with an emphasis on white that gives Mary Magdalene’s skin an almost glowing appearance.

Noli Me Tangere has also contributed significantly within the postcolonial literature context as it explores destabilization caused by decolonization. This contextual interpretation conveys different meanings based on one’s cultural background or perspective, adding another layer of complexity to this impressive piece. Overall, Titian masterfully captured this iconic moment while weaving together themes of religion and artistry for generations to admire.

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