Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Orsola Maddalena Caccia Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 620

Caccia’s training with her father, Guglielmo Caccia, is encapsulated in this painting: she has employed a figure type close to his, composed of geometric forms and sfumato flesh achieved through smoothly blended paint without abrupt outlines. The still-life elements, especially the flowers, are trademarks of her own invention. She meticulously individuated them, sprinkling them across the foreground in the manner of her more celebrated independent still lifes, two of which are in The Met collection. After her training, 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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