Assumption is rightly considered to be one of Titian’s greatest masterpieces, it
is a wonder of light and colour.
The light, a golden glow surrounding the
Virgin’s ascent into heaven, dominates the top part of the painting as the
Eternal Father gazes down ready to receive her. The Madonna is supported on a
cloud of angels and below this central scene, the blue of the sky fills the space
between the ascending Virgin and the disciples below. Here the apostles
assemble stunned by the miraculous vision that they are witnessing. St Andrew
reaches upwards, arms outstretched. St Peter kneels with his hand on his
breast and St Thomas points at the Virgin.
The Father figure, the Virgin and
the apostles effectively split the composition into three separate orders
harmonised by a triangle of reds that lead the eye upwards to the main event,
Titian has been hailed as the master of colour, this painting is a perfect illustration of his rendering of paint. The artist has produced one of the greatest works of all time, to view the painting in situ is a magical, unforgettable experience. The colour combinations of red, blue and bright yellow highlight the artist's skill and control over his chosen medium.