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Madonna and child with St Simon and St Jude
17th Century
Federico BAROCCI
Born 1535 Italy, Died 1612
Madonna and child with St Simon and St Jude
[La Madonna di San Simone]
Oil on canvas
281 x 190 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino

The artist has used the movement of drapery and intense facial expressions to express the private intangible nature of mystical experience. Barocci, born and trained in Urbino, studied the works of Michelangelo and Raphael during a short stay in Rome and in turn influenced Annibale Carracci. His preparation involved many drawings, from life and wax models from which he studied drapery. St Simon leans on the saw with which he was martyred, St Jude holds a lance while the artist’s patrons appear in the lower right. The portrait of the woman is on paper glued to the canvas.

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