Virgin and Child with Saint and Saint John (c.1530) by Titian

Virgin and Child with Saint and Saint John - Titian - c.1530

Artwork Information

TitleVirgin and Child with Saint and Saint John
Dimensions105.4 x 148.3 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationKimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, US

About Virgin and Child with Saint and Saint John

The artwork “Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and Saint John the Baptist” is a creation of the eminent Italian painter Titian, dating back to circa 1530. This piece is a notable representation of the High Renaissance art movement, capturing religious themes as was customary for the period. The painting measures 105.4 by 148.3 centimeters and is housed in the Kimbell Art Museum located in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

In the artwork, the composition exhibits a tender scene that centers around four figures set against a bucolic landscape backdrop. The Virgin Mary, portrayed with a serene and maternal grace, is seated prominently, enveloping in her garment the Christ Child, who lies in her lap. The Christ Child reaches out to Saint Anne, His grandmother, who leans forward attentively in a richly-hued red robe, her figure exuding a sense of warmth and affection. To the right of the scene, Saint John the Baptist is depicted as a young child, looking on with a curious gaze, a lamb beside him symbolizing his future role as the one who announces Christ. The ambient colors and masterful rendering of light and shadow reflect Titian’s skillful brushwork and his ability to infuse his subjects with a lifelike presence and emotional depth. The backdrop features a gentle panorama of trees and a distant horizon, offering a tranquil atmosphere that complements the intimate interaction of the figures.

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