This painting relates to a type of iconography popularised by such paintings as Murillo's Christ Child Resting on the Cross (Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield). Although in this image the Infant Christ appears to be comfortably installed in a bed lying on two cushions, the painting is a theatrical rendition of the theme of Christ's forthcoming death. A work entitled The Sleeping Christ Child by Alonso Cano (1601-67) at Kingston Lacy, Dorset, also relates closely to this painting.


  • Title: Infant Christ Asleep
  • Creator Lifespan: 1617 - 1682
  • Date: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w829 x h629 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Angulo notes that the compositon comes close to an example by Cano in the Gudio coll., Barcelona (H. Wethey, Alonso Cano, Princeton, 1955, pl. 159).
  • Work Nationality: Spanish
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Follower of: Murillo, Bartolomé Estéban
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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