- Reference number
- Titian, Vecellio di Gregorio
- The Virgin and Child between Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Roque
- Ca. 1510
- 92 cm x 133 cm
- On display
- Colección Real (Monasterio de El Escorial, Madrid, Sacristía, 1839)
The Virgin Mary holds the Christ Child on her lap, flanked on our left by Saint Anthony of Padua and on our right, by Saint Roque, in a Sacra Conversazione. In front of them, on the ground, lie a book and a spray of lilies, which always accompany Saint Anthony. The backdrop hanging behind the Virgin is a decorative element Titian learned from Giorgione.
Titian met Giorgione in 1507 and, from then until the latter died in 1510, Titian assimilated his technique of directly applying paint without preliminary drawing to such an extent that their works from those years can hardly be told apart.
The present painting was traditionally attributed to Giorgione, although it is now considered an early Titian because of its similarity to other works by him from that same period. While its exact date is unknown, it should be from earlier than 1511, when part of the figure of the Virgin was copied by Domenico Mancini.
This work was in the Monastery of El Escorial in 1657 and entered the Prado Museum Collection in 1839.