The Holy Family with a Shepherd (c.1510) by Titian

The Holy Family with a Shepherd - Titian - c.1510

Artwork Information

TitleThe Holy Family with a Shepherd
Dimensions106 x 143 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationNational Gallery, London, UK

About The Holy Family with a Shepherd

The artwork “The Holy Family with a Shepherd” by Titian, dated to circa 1510, exemplifies the High Renaissance style through its use of oil on canvas. The dimensions of the painting are 106 x 143 cm. It is a religious painting, showcasing a biblical scene and it is part of the collection at the National Gallery in London, United Kingdom.

In the artwork, the scene is composed around four central figures set against a landscape that fades into a mountainous horizon beneath a serene sky. The Virgin Mary, draped in a luminous blue mantle and a rich red garment, is seated holding the Christ Child, who is depicted with a tender vulnerability. Joseph stands to the right, clothed in a purple robe and a warm, earth-toned cloak, holding a staff as a symbol of his role as protector and provider. A shepherd youth, engaged in a gesture of respect or conversation, kneels in the foreground. His presence invites the viewer into the intimate moment, bridging the sacred and the earthly realms.

The composition effectively balances the interaction among the figures with the expansive landscape, creating a sense of depth and openness. Subtle details, such as the distant figures and the trees, contribute to the tranquility and sacredness of the scene, while the dynamic postures and gazes generate a gentle narrative rhythm. The application of light accentuates the figures and enhances their three-dimensionality, a hallmark of Renaissance painting techniques. Through this harmonious blend of human emotion and divine presence, Titian conveys a narrative of familial intimacy imbued with a spiritual significance.

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