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Full title Virgin and Child
Artist Parmigianino
Artist dates 1503 - 1540
Date made 1527-8
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 63.5 × 50.7 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number L752
Location Room 8
(See as part of Titian: Love, Desire, Death, or ask a Gallery assistant)
Image copyright On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Collection Main Collection
Virgin and Child

The Virgin lovingly reaches out to her Child, her tenderness accentuated by her lithe anatomy. Rendered in flickering patterns of pale pinks, the figures are vividly set off against the greyish-blue sky and the angular, stage set-like structure. The picture is partly unfinished, perhaps when Parmigianino had to leave Rome during the French invasion of 1527.

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