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The Virgin and Child / The Crucifixion
(c. 1600)

opaque watercolour and gold on paper
15.5 × 5.7 cm (image) 31.5 × 20.7 cm (support)
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1978
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Gallery location
Not on display
The work consists of two distinct images, one above the other. The upper image, the Virgin and Child, is based on an etching by Federico Barocci (Italian c. 1526 – 1612) Madonna and Child in the Clouds, c. 1581 (see NGV collection P72-1970). The naked Christ child sits on the Virgin’s lap with his right hand raised in the gesture of blessing and his left holding a rose. The Virgin wears a blue mantle, a red robe and a necklace of pearls and rubies. The lower image of the crucifixion is also based on a European original, yet to be identified. The Virgin, Mary Magdelene and John are shown beneath the cross on which Christ is crucified.