Titian

The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist and an Unidentified Saint

About this artwork

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.

Titian

Titian