CORREGGIO
(b. ca. 1490, Correggio, d. 1534, Correggio)

The Adoration of the Child

1518-20
Oil on canvas, 81 x 67 cm
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Duke of Mantua Ferdinando Gonzaga gave Grand Duke Cosimo II de'Medici this picture as a present in 1617; the canvas was put in the Uffizi Tribune, beside the best masterworks of medicean collection. The luminous brightness that emanates from the Child and the expressive gesture of the Virgin are characteristic of the artist's style, whose sentimental and devotional taste was developed by Baroque painters.