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The Virgin laying the sleeping Christ on Straw
Maratta, Carlo
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Maratta, Carlo

Camerano, Ancona, Le Marche, 1625 - Rome, 1713

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The Virgin laying the sleeping Christ on Straw

Ca. 1656. Oil on panel Not on display

This painting listed in the inventory of Queen Elizabeth of Farnesio offers a slightly varied reproduction of the central motive of the fresco of the Adoration of the Shepherds that decorates the Alaleone Chapel at the church of Sant’Isidoro Agricola in Rome. An early work, it was Maratti’s most important commission from the mid 1650s. This was the moment when he began to free himself from the influences of Raphael, Carracci, Reni and Correggio, opting for greater compositional freedom and movement favored by contrasting light and shadows. This is visible in the present small and very beautiful panel. Nonetheless, he never abandoned the measured and delicate gestures that mark his characteristically harmonious classicism and made him the most appreciated and influential Roman artist of the late 17th century (Text from La Belleza Cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Obra Social la Caixa, 2014, p. 99).

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Inventory number
Maratta, Carlo
The Virgin laying the sleeping Christ on Straw
Ca. 1656
Diameter: 36 cm.; Diámetro con marco: 59 cm.; Grosor: 7.5 cm.
Royal Collection (colección Carlo Maratti; Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1814-1818, nº 826; La Granja, cuarto de los infantes, nº 826, 1827)

Bibliography +

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Pintura italiana del S. XVII en España, Universidad Fundación Valdecilla, Madrid, 1965, pp. 294.

Orihuela, Mercedes, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en las provincias de La Coruña, Lugo, Orense y Pontevedra. Mondoñedo. Palacio Episcopal, Boletín del Museo del Prado, IX, 1988, pp. 159.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, I, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Aterido Fernández, Ángel; Martínez Cuesta, Juan; Pérez Preciado, José Juan, Colecciones de pinturas de Felipe V e Isabel Farnesio. Inventarios Reales, II, Fundación de Apoyo de la Historia, Madrid, 2004, pp. 425.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 167.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, folleto, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 20 n.67.

Mena Marqués, M.; Albarrán, V., Azúa, F. de, La belleza cautiva. Pequeños tesoros del Museo del Prado, Museo del Prado - Obra Social ''La Caixa'', Barcelona, 2014, pp. 99.

Prado captive beauty: treasures from the Prado Museum, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, 2015, pp. n.20.

Other inventories +

Inv. Fernando VII, La Granja, 1814-1818. Núm. 826.
{20391} 826 / Dos pies de diametro Nuestra Señora con el Niño echado en las pajas = copia de Carlos Marata

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 1994.
Escuela italiana / 1994. La Virgen y el Niño Jesus. (Tabla.) / Alto 1 pie, 3 pulg; ancho 1 ie, 3 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1910. Núm. 536.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1972. Núm. 536.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Treasures from The Prado Museum
10.10.2015 - 31.01.2016

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum
16.07.2014 - 05.01.2015

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

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Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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