Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Orsola Maddalena Caccia Italian

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Orsola Maddalena Caccia’s training with her father, Guglielmo Caccia, is encapsulated in this painting: she employs a figure type close to her father’s, composed of geometric forms and sfumato flesh, but the still-life elements, especially the flowers, are entirely her own. She meticulously individuates them, sprinkling them across the foreground in the manner of her more celebrated independent still lifes, two of which are in The Met’s collection. After her training, Orsola Caccia spent the majority of her career running a successful studio in the Ursuline convent in Moncalvo, which was founded by her father in part to house his six daughters.

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, Orsola Maddalena Caccia (Italian, Moncalvo 1596–1676 Moncalvo), Oil on canvas

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