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Madonna and Child on Clouds

A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of etching in black on cream laid paper.




Federico Barocci
Italian, 1526/28-1612

About this artwork

Federico Barocci’s tender etching is one of the first the artist completed. The intimate scale makes the work ideal for personal devotion. The infant Christ’s direct, beatific gaze at the viewer gently contrasts with the rapt adoration lavished on him by his sweet, youthful mother. The flying putto heads in the cloudburst on either side exude a sense of calm and protection, while the detail of the Virgin’s sandaled foot anchors the pyramidal group on what would otherwise be an insubstantial wisp of cloud. This print may reproduce a painting by the artist that has long since been lost.


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Federico Barocci


Madonna and Child on Clouds


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1546–1612


Etching in black on cream laid paper


Plate/sheet: 15.5 × 10.8 cm (6 1/8 × 4 5/16 in.)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Fund

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