The Virgin and Child Embracing

Saint Joseph is visible in the landscape seen in the left background, beyond the Virgin and Christ Child.

The design is based closely on an etching by Guido Reni, who was a major influence on Sassoferrato. The picture is likely to be a late work and possibly it was among a group of pictures in Sassoferrato's studio at his death.

Key facts

Artist dates
1609 - 1685
Full title
The Virgin and Child Embracing
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
97.2 x 74 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1864
Inventory number
Location in Gallery