Painting of the Week: Balbi Holy Conversation

Tiziano Vecellio painted this striking piece of Mary and Jesus set in an open landscape with Giorgione influences, like asymmetrical composition and full figures. The piece is true to this period in art—with classicistic, refined characters, harmonious chromatic combinations, and an approach built on the psychological ties of the characters.

Mary’s blue cape is symbolic of purity, while her bold, red tunic denotes power and authority.

Saint Catherine is on Mary’s left.

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Artist: Tiziano Vecellio

Year: c. 1512–1514

Location: Balbi holy Conversation (also known as Titian Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Dominic) is at Palazzo Rosso in Genoa, Italy.

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