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Oil Painting - Madonna and Child with Infant St John

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1966P41
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1560 - 1570

Maker Information

Artist:Maso da san Friano - View biography for Maso da san Friano


This painting is one of two similar images by Maso, the other is in Prato Cathedral. The mood of this painting reflects the strong re-affirmation of Catholic faith during the Counter-Reformation. The facial expression and body language of the Christ Child convey excitement and joy as he and an angel gaze upwards to heaven and God the Father. Behind the Child, a youthful St. John the Baptist looks down smiling. There is no biblical basis for his inclusion with the Virgin and Child and the idea first occurs in the art of the Italian Renaissance.

Presented by the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1906.

Further Information

Production Period:16th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on poplar panel.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:770 mm
Width:610 mm