A completely different world appears in the early fresco The miracle of the jealous husband in Padua, and the wonderful painting Sacred and Profane Love, an oil on canvas (118 x 279 cm), datable to around 1515 and preserved in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, whose mysteries have intrigued critics for centuries.
Titian painted the large canvas when he was about 25 years old: the first seeming paradox is that the richly dressed woman represents Profane Love, while the naked one is Sacred Love. The two figures sit at the ends of a sarcophagus pouring water, at the center a cupid plunges his hand into the water. In the background a landscape which changes from the left to the right: more rugged behind the dressed woman, in the center full of trees and leaves, linear and peaceful behind the naked woman.
In these seminal works Titian invented the "chromatic area" technique, where depth is achieved with changing color saturation.