(b. ca. 1530, Cremona, d. 1591, Cremona)
Christ in the House of Mary and Martha-
Oil on canvas
Galleria Estense, Modena
Martha is the personification of the busy housekeeper, the active type, in contrast to her contemplative sister, Mary of Bethany. She took the initiative in fetching Christ to their house when their brother Lazarus died. She is the patroness of housewives.