Polyptych of the Resurrection (1520 – 1522) by Titian

Polyptych of the Resurrection - Titian - 1520 - 1522

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TitlePolyptych of the Resurrection
Date1520 - 1522
Dimensions292 x 278 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationChurch of Saints Nazarius and Celsus, Brescia, Italy

About Polyptych of the Resurrection

The artwork “Polyptych of the Resurrection” is a notable religious painting by the renowned artist Titian, created between the years 1520 and 1522. This polyptych was painted using oil on board and represents the High Renaissance art movement, an era known for its emphasis on harmony, balance, and the revival of classical philosophy and artistic principles. The dimensions of the artwork are formidable, measuring 292 cm in height by 278 cm in width. It is a part of a series bearing the same name and is currently located at the Church of Saints Nazarius and Celsus in Brescia, Italy.

The artwork displays a series of interconnected panels that together narrate the Christian event of the resurrection. In the central panel, Christ is depicted at the moment of resurrection, rising triumphantly from his tomb. Surrounding this central figure are additional panels portraying figures who appear to be reacting to the miraculous event. The figures are rendered with a high degree of naturalism and skillful use of chiaroscuro, a technique that employs strong contrasts between light and dark to give the illusion of three-dimensionality.

The background of the central panel likely depicts a serene, yet slightly brooding landscape that offers a stark contrast to the divinely inspired subject in the foreground, adding depth to the narrative and emphasizing the miraculous nature of the resurrection. The figures in the peripheral panels express a range of emotions that complement the central theme, from awe and adoration to intense contemplation.

Each individual component of the polyptych contributes to the overall theme, creating a cohesive and powerful representation of a pivotal moment in Christian theology. The artwork exudes the grandeur and emotional intensity characteristic of Titian’s work and the High Renaissance period.

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