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

St Christopher

Fresco, 310 x 186 cm
Palazzo Ducale, Venice

Titian was involved in a number of public works undertaken by Doge Andrea Gritti. This St Christopher is over the staircase leading to the doge's private apartment as a talisman against assassination. The huge saint ensures the insouciant Child's protection for Venice, admirably depicted in the distance.