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.
The Frari is home to many more works of art and Donatello’s
St John the Baptist is just one example of many.
This is the only statue by
Donatello still left in Venice. St John is dressed in a shaggy hide covered by
a mantle thrown over his shoulders. This wooden statue was restored in 1973
revealing the artist’s signature with a date of 1438. Despite the many over-paintings
the restored work retains all the power of expression intended by the artist in
both the face and arm movement.