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Virgin and Child

Circa 1527-28

Parmigianino (1503 - 1540)

Oil on panel

Height: 80 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Depth: 6.2 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Width: 67.5 cm [unchecked] ( frame ); Height: 63.5 cm ( panel ); Width: 50.7 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
A bold sweep of green curtain separates the holy world of the Virgin Mary and her infant son Christ from the outdoors. Mary’s wildly elongated body is typical of the artist.

Despite the elegance of the composition, Parmigianino left this picture unfinished. Many areas are unresolved; for instance, three positions for the Virgin’s lowest foot remain visible. He was working in Rome, and may have abandoned this painting when the city was invaded in 1527 (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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