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.