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Two Infant Angels on Clouds Bearing a Cross [after Titian]

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Two Infant Angels on Clouds Bearing a Cross [after Titian] 1560s

Not on display

This is a copy, with some small variations, of the upper portion of Titian’s celebrated altarpiece known as the Pesaro Madonna in the church of the Frari in Venice. Zuccaro travelled extensively and visited Venice on three occasions, making numerous copies after the works by the city’s greatest artists: Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. It is difficult to know with any certainty exactly when he produced this drawing, although many of his copies after Venetian paintings were likely to have been made during his first visit in 1563-65, when the impact of these unfamiliar works would have been greatest. Zuccaro invariably used a combination of black and red chalk for his copies of works by other masters.

Glossary Open


An artwork behind a church altar featuring religious scenes or imagery which was usually the focus for the celebration of the Mass.

Red chalk

A type of chalk containing the mineral hematite, a form of iron oxide, that is used for drawing.

Altarpiece, Red chalk


  • Acc. No. D 5024
  • Medium Black and red chalk on paper
  • Size 18.40 x 13.80 cm
  • Credit Professor Giles Robertson Gift 1976