(b. 1555, Bologna, d. 1619, Bologna)
Oil on canvas, 282 x 188 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna
Lodovico Carracci derived his Baroque type of composition from certain pictures by Titian, adding to these a celestial plane, by which the upper part of the picture is filled with great beauty. The Renaissance 'Sacra conversazione', in which all the people were motionless, has become a living conversation, in which men and saints are admitted in familiar terms into the presence of the sacred figures.