From the Sept/Oct, 2015 issue of Touchstone
art Madonna di Ca' Pesaro by Mary Elizabeth Podles

Madonna di Ca' Pesaro by Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)

by Mary Elizabeth Podles

In 1518, the Pesaro family acquired a side chapel in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the Franciscan church in Venice, to use as a funerary -memorial. Titian, who had just finished a glorious Assumption for the main altar, was seized upon to do the decoration. The altarpiece he designed, the Pesaro -Madonna, combines several types of pictures familiar to Venetians of the day into one. It is a Sacra Conversazione, in which the Madonna enthroned communes with a gathering of saints; it is an ex voto, an offering given . . .

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