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Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child

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Lavinia Fontana was one of the few women to succeed as an artist in the seventeenth century. In this painting she uses jewel-like colors and delicate handling of paint to portray the joys and sorrows of motherhood, which she would have known well. Fontana was the mother of eleven children, not...

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William Beckford, Fonthill (painting attributed to Parmigianino); Duchess of Hamilton, by descent from her father William Beckford; Duke of Hamilton. July 1, 1882, sale at Christie's Hamilton Palace Sale, lot 739, attributed to Parmigianino (220 gns.), and bought by Sir James Knowles; May 27, 1908, sold by Knowles at Christie's, London, lot 437, attributed to Parmigianino (40 gns. to Colnaghi's), and bought by Miss Eirene Skilbeck,. Cuthbert Skilbeck; April 10, 1970, sale of Skilbeck collection at Christie's, London, lot 91. April 23, 1982, sale at Christie's, London, lot 73. From 1982 until 1986, French and Co., New York. Private collection, New York; June 5, 1986, sold by private collection at Sotheby's, New York, lot 9, and bought by the MFA. (Accession Date: October 22, 1986)

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Beth Monroe Fund

about 1605–10


15.2 x 25.4 cm (6 x 10 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel