Inventory number
P00627
Author
Cano, Alonso (Spanish)
Title
Virgin and Child
Chronology
Ca. 1643
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
162 cm x 107 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (colección príncipe de Asturias, Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial-Madrid, 1779, nº 59; Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial-Madrid, h. 1787, nº 59; Palacio Real, Madrid, antecámara de la princesa y reina de Etruria, 1814-1818, nº 59).

With its very straightforward composition, this painting has the serenity and restfulness that characterize many of Alonso Cano's religious works. The painter's skill at assimilating the most varied influences is evident here: the composition is based on a well-known religious print by Durero, while the palette bears a certain resemblance to Titian's, and the Virgin is quite close to Rafael's models.

The beauty and delicacy Cano brings to the scene, as well as the lyricism of its placement in the landscape, are very characteristic of his work, and they made him one of the most appreciated artists in this genre.

This work was acquired by Carlos IV and documented in 1814 in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

 
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