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

Madonna in Glory with the Christ Child and Sts Francis and Alvise with the Donor (detail)

Oil on wood
Museo Civico, Ancona

Titian included a view of the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the church of St Mark's in Venice. This gives the work a further dimension of realism, enriching the interrelated levels of reality created by the coexistence within the picture of the Madonna, the donor and the saints.