The Madonna of the Pesaro Family (1519 – 1526) by Titian

The Madonna of the Pesaro Family - Titian - 1519 - 1526

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TitleThe Madonna of the Pesaro Family
Date1519 - 1526
Dimensions266 x 478 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationSanta Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice, Italy

About The Madonna of the Pesaro Family

“The Madonna of the Pesaro Family” is a celebrated artwork by the renowned artist Titian, executed between the years 1519 and 1526. This oil on canvas masterpiece measures 266 x 478 cm and is a prominent example of the religious painting genre from the High Renaissance period. The artwork is housed in the historical Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, Italy, where it continues to be an object of great veneration and artistic appreciation.

The artwork presents a masterful composition that harmoniously unites the sacred and the earthly realms. The central figure of the Virgin Mary sits elevated on an architectural throne, cradling the Christ Child, who reaches out in blessing. To the left, Saint Peter, clad in a rich blue garment, holds the keys to heaven and engages with the kneeling figure of Jacopo Pesaro, who is presented by Pope Alexander VI, depicted as Borgia Pope. These figures represent the commingling of the divine with patrons of the artwork – the powerful Pesaro family, whose members are arrayed on the right side in sumptuous attire that reflects their wealth and status.

In the upper portion of the artwork, celestial angels appear among billowing clouds, creating a sense of heavenly presence. A strong diagonal axis introduced by the banner-bearing Saint George adds dynamism to the composition. The meticulously rendered details, coupled with the rich palette and the play of light and shadow, underscore Titian’s mastery and contribute to the grandeur of the scene. This dynamic and asymmetrical arrangement is typical of the High Renaissance’s innovation, moving away from the rigidity of earlier styles and infusing the scene with a sense of life and movement.

Overall, “The Madonna of the Pesaro Family” is a stunning visual testament to the interplay of religious symbolism, the patronage of art during the Renaissance, and the technical prowess of Titian. Its presence in the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari stands as both a spiritual icon and a testament to the enduring legacy of Renaissance artistry.

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