Like the “Virgin and Child before a Green Cloth of Honour” (Inv.-Nr. GG 95), Mary, the infant Jesus and the young John the Baptist are composed into a triangular form between the balustrade and the cloth. The triangle symbolises permanence, validity and harmony. Yet the dynamic gestures of the children proffering cherries to the Blessed Virgin threaten to unravel the delicate equilibrium of the painting. When going over the painting a second time, Titian adds the two saints Joseph and Zacharias, lending the composition added composure and stability.
Transferred from canvas to wood
allseitig etwas beschnitten: Overall: 81,6 cm × 100,2 cm × 1,1 cm
Framed: 108 cm × 125 cm × 11 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Coll. Leopold Wilhelm
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