The Infant Christ asleep on the Cross
This painting is a copy of a work by Guido Reni, a leading 17th-century artist from Bologna, Italy. The image shows a young Christ sleeping on a cross. He is surrounded by symbols of his adult crucifixion, including the cross and the crown of thorns lying nearby. The image was copied in many painted and printed versions. Small, intimate works like this were popular for private devotion.