A builder’s son, Tibaldi developed a strong reputation as a painter, sculptor, architect and draftsman. His early works show the influence of Raphael and the mannerist style of Parmigiano. Tibaldi’s years in Rome defined his mature style, a combination of the vigorous masculine figures of Michelangelo and graceful mannerism. In Mother and Child the strangely intersecting arms create a powerful composition of protection and restraint. The colour has the translucent quality of a fresco.