Christmas, Federico Barochchi, 1597
- Posted by Federico Barochchi
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: 1597
Overview of the painting :
Christmas – Federico Barochchi. 1597. Oil on canvas. 134×105
Barochchi’s artwork (1535-1612) inherited from his father – a sculptor, uncle – an architect and great-grandfather – a famous Milan sculptor. Barochchi formed in the Roman circle of followers of Raphael, is a painter of the late mannerism era.
“Christmas” stands in a series of wonderful paintings by Barochchi on a religious plot. The master gives church painting the immediacy of emotional impact. In the background, the canvas of St. Joseph opens the door to the shepherds, but this detail only emphasizes the proximity of Our Lady and baby to the audience. The image of Maria is pretty and graceful, her face, shrouded in a kind of dimming, seems to be puppet. The pillow and bright blanket, pink and saffron clothes of the Virgin sparkle in a light that does not go from outside, but from the baby Christ. The spectacular cold color scheme and cut-off contrasts the master demonstrates his unique style, anticipating protobarok tendencies.