Titian's Towering Masterpiece in Venice

Wed, 08/17/2022 - 00:38
Titian's Assumption, Frari Church in Venice
Titian's Assumption. / Photo: Luca Aless via Wikimedia Commons

When you step into the cavernous Venetian basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, it takes a minute or two for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

If you look straight ahead, through a central arch in the marble choir screen, a tremendous altarpiece is framed through the opening. Titian's towering masterpiece, The Assumption of the Virgin, stands more than 22 feet tall above the main altar, depicting the Virgin Mary ascending to Heaven in a burst of golden light.

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