Assumption of the Virgin

Tiziano - 1516
oil on canvas - 690x360 cm
Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice

The Assumption of the Virgin is a large oil painting by Italian Renaissance artist Tiziano. It was realized between 1516-18. It is located on the high altar in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari, in Venice, being the largest altarpiece in the city.

The picture shows different events in three layers. In the lowest layer are the apostles. They are represented in a variety of poses, ranging from gazing in awe, to kneeling and reaching for the skies. In the center, the virgin Mary is drawn wrapped in a red robe and blue mantle. She is raised to the heaven by a swarm of cherubin while standing on a cloud. The image of God observes the scene: He watches over the earth with hair flying in the wind. Next to him, an angel files with a crown.

Colours and poses of the characters characterize the division between land and supernatural dimension. The colours of the carachters clothes emphasizes the pyramidal structure. The appearance of God replaces the typical iconography with Jesus Christ.

Titian creates a spatial and metereological diversification among individuals, more fluid and natural, typical of the modern manner.

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