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Barocci, Federico Fiori (1528 - 1612)
Madonna and child with St Simon and St JudeDate: c. 1567-69
Movement: Renaissance (Late, Mannerism)
Technique: Oil on canvas
Museum: National Gallery of Australia
Size: 281 x 190 cm,
Notes: The Madonna and Child with St Simon and St Jude, known as the Madonna di San Simone, must have been made in 1567 for early historiographers (Borghini, Bellori, Lanzi) all state that the painter finished the work before moving to Perugia where, as from that year until 1569, he worked on his revolutionary Descent from the Cross for the Cathedral.
According to Andrea Emiliani, the Urbino painting was completed before 28 October, the feast day of St Simon and St Jude. The saints are depicted next to the Madonna and Child and are recognisable for their traditional iconographical symbols: St Simon with a saw, St Jude with a lance. So far, no documents have revealed the names of the patrons, who are shown lower right: the work is mentioned in the register of the convent of San Francesco but indicates only the name of the painter, without providing further information.
Location: Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino,
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