inscribed in pen and ink (in image) u.c.: MARIA MATER GRATIÆ inscribed in pencil on support reverse u.l.: 112 inscribed in pencil on support reverse u.c.l.: No. (. below o)6 / Same as No. (. below o)13 inscribed in pen and ink (in Indian script) on support reverse u.c.: inscribed in pencil on support reverse c.: Indian / Mughal School / 17thc / Reign of Jahangir 1605 – 1628 / tinted drawing, copy of / European paintings / upper Madonna and Child / Lower – Crucifixion / 2557.M.78 (5668M) / formerly in the collection of the / late P Chater Manuk of / Bankipore, Patna, Behar.
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.