The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist and an Unidentified Saint
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The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist and an Unidentified Saint about 1515 - 1520

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

Titian perfected this type of small painting, intended for private devotion, depicting the Virgin Mary and the infant Christ in a landscape accompanied by one or more saints. The rich colours and luxurious folds of Mary's dress catch the eye and the intense blue is echoed in the sky and far distant land. The foreground figure of Saint John the Baptist points to the lamb, a reference to Christ as the 'Lamb of God'. The infant Christ acknowledges the other kneeling saint who probably had special significance for the painting's patron.

Glossary Open

Devotional art

Religious images used privately as a focus of prayer or an aid to meditation.

Patronage

The support given to artists by an individual or organisation, usually through buying or funding their work.

Devotional art, Patronage

Details

  • Acc. No. NGL 061.46
  • Medium Oil on canvas, transferred from panel
  • Size 62.70 x 93.00 cm (framed: 90 x 120 x 12.5cm)
  • Credit Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland (Bridgewater Loan, 1945)