In this composition, Sassoferrato combines elements from both the Raphael and Garofalo versions. Like Raphael, he includes the heavily draped, green curtain, and the figure of Saint Joseph and represents the fabric in the Virgin's hands as a transparent veil, rather than the opaque linen. From Garofalo's invention, however, the artist imitates the round, wooden crib with scrolled carving, over which he drapes the limbs of the sleeping Child. Rather than the contraposto pose of Raphael's Madonna, here her torso is turned to the left, like that of Garofalo, with both elbows bent, she carefully reaches with the fabric so as not to disturb the sleeping Child.
We are grateful to François Macé de Lépinay for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs.
1. Private written communication, dated 5 October 2014, on the basis of photographs.
2. F. Macé Lépinay, "Sassoferrato's drawings at the Royal Library of Windsor. Some remarks and new relationships", in Bulletin de l’Association des historiens de l’Art italien, 15-16, Paris, 2010, p. 174, cat. no. B.C.912, reproduced fig. 10.
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