Titian's style in the last years of his life developed into one of extraordinary freedom, a personal manner based on a lifetime experimenting with colour and the possibilities inherent in oil paints. This very late Virgin and Child was painted when Titian was also working on his poetic mythological narratives for Philip II of Spain, such as 'The Death of Actaeon' (also in the National Gallery).

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1506; died 1576
Full title
The Virgin suckling the Infant Christ
Date made
about 1565-75
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
76.2 x 63.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924
Inventory number
NG3948
Location in Gallery