- Inventory number
- Cano, Alonso
- The Virgin and Child
- Ca. 1643
- 162 cm x 107 cm
- On display
- Royal Collection (Collection of Prince of Asturias, Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial-Madrid, 1779, n. 59; Casita del Príncipe, El Escorial-Madrid, ca. 1787, n. 59; Royal Palace, Madrid, “antecámara de la princesa y reina de Etruria”, 1814-1818, n. 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 Dürer, 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.