Saint Christopher (1524) by Titian

Saint Christopher - Titian - 1524

Artwork Information

TitleSaint Christopher
Dimensions310 x 186 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Saint Christopher

The artwork titled “Saint Christopher” was painted by the renowned artist Titian in 1524. It is a fresco executed during the High Renaissance, a period marked by a refined harmony and balance in artistic expression that was epitomized by the works of masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael. The dimensions of this religious painting are quite substantial, measuring 310 cm in height by 186 cm in width. Though it is an eminent piece, it currently resides within a private collection.

In the artwork, the dominant figure is Saint Christopher, depicted as a sturdy man wading through water with a look of determination on his face. He grasps a long staff in his hand, which aids him in his traversal of the watery expanse, providing both balance and a measure of support. On his shoulder rests a child, who, according to Christian tradition, represents the Christ Child. The child bears a halo around his head, signifying his sacred nature, and holds out what appears to be a small globe, symbolizing the weight of the world that Christopher carries. The background is a subtle blend of light sky and distant land with architectural features that suggest a serene, perhaps hallowed, landscape. The remarkable sense of life and movement combined with the devotion and strength of the saintly figure strongly conveys the themes of faith and service that are at the core of the artwork’s subject matter.

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