Although Baglione painted this same subject on a number of occasions over the course of his career, this particular composition, with the dramatically foreshortened half-length figures of the Apostles crowded at the bottom, mostly looking up towards the ascending Madonna, does not correspond with any of the artist's known paintings. He has, though, demonstrated extraordinary skill in resolving the challenges presented by the tall, narrow format of the composition.
According to his own account of his life, Baglione was trained by Francesco Morelli, a Florentine mannerist working in Rome, who introduced his young protege to the 'cantieri Sistini', the cohort of artists working in various locations for the Pope Sixtus V, where he worked alongside his master.
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