The "Riposo" is a masterpiece of extraordinary beauty and exceptional communicative immediacy by the young Caravaggio, datable to 1597. The composition is divided in an absolutely original way by the figure of the beautiful angel from behind with large black swallow wings, playing the violin. On the right, surrounded by luxuriant vegetation, is the Madonna asleep with the Child in her arms. Both are portrayed in an idealized way and the beauty of their features contrasts with the naturalistic rendering of Saint Joseph, who, although overwhelmed by fatigue, is enraptured by the angel's apparition and lends himself to support the score. The notes on the score follow a motet written in 1519 by the Flemish composer Noel Bauldwijn on a text taken from the Song of Songs and dedicated to the Virgin.