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

St John the Almsgiver

Oil on canvas, 264 x 148 cm
San Giovanni Elemosinario, Venice

The painting is the reassertion of the Christian principle of spontaneous, indiscriminate, private charity, by this time out of date in comparison with contemporary selective, bureaucratically administered assistance. (Compare the painting with Lorenzo Lotto's The Alms of St Anthony!)