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Best remembered today as the biographer of the artists of the Italian Renaissance, Vasari began his career in Florence as a pupil of del Sarto. In the early 1540s, Vasari found employment making copies and original works for the Medici Family, who owned the original version of this painting. Ottaviano de’ Medici is known to have commissioned a copy of a del Sarto work, possibly this one, and it is likely that he would have turned to del Sarto’s pupil Vasari to paint this version.

Details

  • Title: Holy Family, after Andrea del Sarto
  • Date: 16th century
  • Physical Dimensions: w1077 x h1448 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Nationality: Italian
  • Support: Panel
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Further Information: The Holy Family (DPG251) is an early copy of Andrea del Sartro's original composition in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. It depicts the Virgin and Child with St. Elizabeth and John the Baptist; Joseph is also included, though he does not appear in del Sarto's original. The scene is set in an Italianate landscape, with mountains melting into the sky in the horizon.
  • Attributed to after: Vasari, Giorgiodel Sarto, Andrea
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)

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