1645-1652. Oil on canvas, 162 x 107 cm.
With its very straightforward composition, this painting has the serenity and restfulness that characterize many of Alonso Cano's religious works. The painter's skill at assimilating the most varied influences is evident here: the composition is based on a well-known religious print by Dürer, while the palette bears a certain resemblance to Titian's, and the Virgin is quite close to Rafael's models. The beauty and delicacy Cano brings to the scene, as well as the lyricism of its placement in the landscape, are very characteristic of his work, and they made him one of the most appreciated artists in this genre.