Oil on canvas, 127cm by 97cm.
1738 Inventory, p. 23: “The Virgin Mary and Our Saviour; he lying upon a Pillow & Sheet, the Virgin Mary just taking a fine Gauze off him, 4 Boys looking at him, by Carlo Morat, 1 3/8 yd long, 1 yd 2 Inches wide.”
Maratta was active mainly in Rome; an apprentice in the studio of Andrea Sacchi (1599-1661), an artist with whom he enjoyed a close relationship and whose classicism strongly influenced his work. By 1680 he was the leading artist in Rome and enjoyed the patronage of wealthy European travellers, amongst them John, 5th Earl of Exeter. He was also a well known portrait painter and many of his sitters were English Grand Tourists, including the 5th Earl, although this portrait is sadly now lost.