barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

Orazio Farinati (1559 – after 1616)

The Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist

Verona, about 1583


Paper: 248 x 223 mm; mount: 557 x 403 mm


This popular devotional grouping of the Madonna and the infant Jesus and St John the Baptist is intended to depict the cousins’ reunion in Egypt, after John was carried to join Jesus by an angel. John bears fruit to illustrate his devotion and the lamb, another symbol of Christ, is positioned near the Madonna. Farinati was a Veronese painter, but also an active engraver after the works other artists, including those of his father, Paolo.


Purchased 1962 (No. 62.4)

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