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Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist
  • Francesco Solimena
    born: Canale di Serino, Italy ; died: Barra, Italy
  • Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist, circa 1680
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 127.1 x 99.1 cm
    Canvas/Support: 50 x 39 in
  • Museum purchase: Elizabeth M. Watkins Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1958.0007

Figures in an interior. Three quarter length female (identified as the Virgin Mary) in a red robe with a blue mantle and a beige drapery over her hair and around her neck. She is supporting a nude infant (identified as Jesus Christ) on her proper right side with her proper right hand. He is laying on white drapery and holds pink and red flowers in his proper right hand. In the bottom left corner is a boy (identified as Saint John the Baptist) with the female’s hand on his proper left shoulder. He is holding a wooden pole with a cross and banner with writing on the top. His proper right hand is touching the white drapery. There is purple drapery from the top right to center left. There is foliage and sky in the background upper right.