"In the execution, which ought to show only the terrorizing power of the prince, there was a whole aspect of the carnival, in which rules were inverted, authorities mocked, and criminals transformed into into heros." Foucoult, Discipline and Punishment, 61
Federico Barocci, Madonna del Popolo, 1575-79, oil on panel, 360 x 250 cm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Source
I love the mystical softness of Barocci’s painting style, and combined with the unusual layering of different scenes, Madonna del Popolo, or ‘Madonna of the People’, attains a kind of dreamlike quality.