(b. 1563, Pisa, d. 1639, London)

Madonna and Child

c. 1604
Oil on canvas, 131 x 91 cm
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

In around 1604, Gentileschi painted this Madonna that so captures Caravaggio's genius for finding the sacred story in the lives of real persons that for centuries it was assigned to the master himself.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 6 minutes):
Franz Schubert: Ave Maria (Hail, Mary), Franz Liszt's transcription