about 1533 – 1612
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Federico Barocci was born in the humanist centre of Urbino, in central eastern Italy, around 1533.
The son of a watchmaker, he flourished in a town that had become one of the great cultural centres of the Renaissance, producing artists such as Raphael.
Thanks to the collections that had been formed by the Montefeltro and Della Rovere families, as well as the paintings that adorned local churches, Barocci was afforded early and intimate contact with the works of renowned painters such as the Venetian master Titian, whose paintings formed a major portion of the renowned ducal art collections.
The Madonna of the Cat (‘La Madonna del Gatto’)
probably about 1575, Federico Barocci