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The Virgin lowers the infant Christ to embrace his cousin, John the Baptist. Christ recognises that Saint John will pave the way for his own divine mission. The complex poses and the narrow composition create an intimate image focussed on Christ’s humanity. Sandro Botticelli ran a successful studio in Florence, producing religious and mythological scenes. Popular compositions such as this were repeated with variations by members of his studio.
tempera on canvas
130.7 x 91.4 cm
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS EnglandView venue
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