Polyptych of the Resurrection Virgin Annunciate (1520 – 1522) by Titian

Polyptych of the Resurrection Virgin Annunciate - Titian - 1520 - 1522

Artwork Information

TitlePolyptych of the Resurrection Virgin Annunciate
Date1520 - 1522
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSanti Nazaro e Celso, Brescia, Italy

About Polyptych of the Resurrection Virgin Annunciate

The artwork titled “Polyptych of the Resurrection Virgin Annunciate” is a masterful creation by the renowned artist Titian, executed between the years 1520 and 1522. Crafted with oil on board, this religious painting forms a part of the High Renaissance art movement and is displayed in Santi Nazaro e Celso in Brescia, Italy. The genre of the artwork and its sacred context are reflective of the deep religiosity and artistic explorations of the period, illustrating biblical narratives with profound emotion and technical brilliance.

In the artwork, the Virgin Mary is depicted in a graceful and contemplative pose, embodying a moment of devout reflection or annunciation. The texture of her garments is rendered with exquisite attention to detail, highlighting the folds and drapery in a manner that captures the weight and texture of the fabric. Her clothing, with the striking contrast between the deep blue cloak and the warm red garment beneath, encapsulates her purity and divine status within the religious narrative. Mary’s delicate hands are crossed over her chest, a gesture indicating humility and devotion.

The overall composition is steeped in piety and reverence, with soft yet precise brushstrokes lending a sense of serenity to the figure. The use of chiaroscuro, the dramatic interplay between light and shadow, further emphasizes the ethereal quality of the scene, providing depth and volume to Mary’s form against the dark background. The artwork’s pious subject matter and the introspective depiction of the Virgin align with the High Renaissance focus on humanistic representation and the spiritual grandeur that were central to Titian’s oeuvre and the broader artistic current of the time.

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