Madonna and Child with Saints Cosmas and Damian

Andrea del Brescianinocirca 1520–25

Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
Sacramento, United States

The Virgin looks tenderly down on the Christ Child, who prepares to nurse. The soft textures of skin and hair contrast with the angular folds of the Virgin’s costume. Behind them are the twin saints Cosmas and Damian, patron saints of the Florentine Medici family. Since the Petrucci ruled Siena, the painting was likely made for a Florentine patron.

First documented around 1507, the Sienese painter Andrea del Brescianino was influenced by artists in Florence including Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Even though Siena and Florence were enemies, Brescianino likely kept a workshop in each city and even joined the Florentine painters’ guild. His most famous work is the Coronation of the Virgin in Siena’s church of SS Pietro e Paolo.


  • Title: Madonna and Child with Saints Cosmas and Damian
  • Creator: Andrea del Brescianino
  • Date Created: circa 1520–25
  • Physical Dimensions: 24 3/4 x 16 1/2 in. (62.87 cm x 41.91 cm)
  • Provenance: Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Maud and Miklós Udvardy Family
  • Medium: Oil on panel

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