Sebastiano del Piombo and Francesco Salviati, The Birth of the Virgin

Circa 1555
Oil on wall
Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome

In the background St. Anne lies in obscurity while her maid-servant sits erect in the middle of the painting, strong and solid as a Picasso mother, while another servant pours the water for Mary's first bath.

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.