TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Madonna of the Cherries

c. 1515
Oil on wood, transferred to canvas, 81 x 100 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

In this half-length picture of the Madonna, Titian was still keeping entirely to a pictorial idiom typical of Giovanni Bellini. St Joseph is on the left, and Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, on the right of the Madonna. John, depicted as a naked boy, is giving the Madonna the cherries that give the painting its name.