Madonna is named after Jacopo Pesaro a member of that powerful and noble
The painting is unusual because of Titian’s innovation that removed the
Virgin and Child from the centre of the composition placing the principal
figures to one side. Despite this there can be no doubt that these figures command
the apex of the geometrical pyramid within the painting.
St Peter sits below
and to the right of the Virgin and is clad in striking blue and yellow robes.
Jacopo Pesaro kneels before Peter waiting to be received, behind him a
standard-bearer raises the banner of Pope Alexander VI. On the left of the
Virgin’s throne are the Saints’ Francis and Anthony. At the foot of the throne
are Jacopo’s brothers, Francesco, kneeling in scarlet, Antonio, Giovanni and
Antonio’s son Leonardo, dressed in white satin gazes out of the
painting his distraction expertly captured by the artist. At
the very top of the painting two angels ride on a cloud as they straighten a
cross symbolizing God’s support for the Christian faith.