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Madonna and Child with Saint Joseph

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

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


before 1613


Ventura Salimbeni (Italian, 1568-1613)
after Guido Reni (Italian, 1575-1642)

About this artwork

The painter Ventura Salimbeni was active in Siena and Rome, leaving a group of seven etchings of religious subjects, many produced while working on Vatican frescos in the early 1590s. Here Salimbeni’s mature Madonna lovingly interacts with her child as Saint Joseph stands guard outside. This print was copied several times in the early 17th century, with one version cropped tightly around the main figures, excluding Saint Joseph. All the copies were in reverse, which had the curious effect of correcting the artist’s signature, which was reversed in the original, itself a copy after a Guido Reni etching.


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Prints and Drawings


Ventura Salimbeni


Madonna and Child with Saint Joseph


Italy (Artist's nationality:)

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Artist's working dates 1587–1613


Etching in black on ivory laid paper


Plate: 17.6 × 13.3 cm (6 15/16 × 5 1/4 in.); Sheet: 18 × 13.6 cm (7 1/8 × 5 3/8 in.)

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The Wallace L. DeWolf and Joseph Brooks Fair Collections

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