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The Madonna and Christ embracing the Infant St. John the Baptist, Circle of Giovanni Andrea Sirani (1610-1670).

Oil on canvas, 70cm by 94cm.

Giovanni Andrea Sirani was a pupil of Guido Reni (1575-1642) and the father of the great Bolognese female artist Elisabetta Sirani (1638-1665), for which he is perhaps best known.

She trained in his workshop, which she took over when he became unable to work and from a very young age, until her early death, supported her entire family.

Modern experts have suggested an attribution to Lionello Spada (1576-1622), who was active in his native Bologna and in Rome, where he was a follower of Caravaggio (1571-1610).


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