Sarah Browning: Titian’s San Christoforo
Ducal Palace, Venice, 1523
The saint’s massive muscled arms –
arms for the forge, for fighting, for tending
and laboring – reach toward heaven, toward the baby god
on his shoulder, who himself gestures toward heaven,
gripping the saint’s shoulders with his fat feet,
so the painting is filled by the saint and his
huge bare thigh – Venice a tiny sketch of city at his feet.
Titian loved this man.
Copyright 2017 Sarah Browning
Sarah Browning’s recent book is Killing Summer (Sibling Rivalry Press 2017)