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Madonna of the Cherries

around 1516/18, Artist: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian



Madonna of the Cherries

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 4

Object data

Object Name



Italian, Venetian


around 1516/18


Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Tizian (um 1488 Pieve di Cadore - 1576 Venedig) - GND


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

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 118


Coll. Leopold Wilhelm

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