Madonna and Child with Saints

Fra Bartolommeo (Baccio della Porta)1510 - 1513

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

In 1510 the Florentine republic commissioned Fra Bartolommeo to paint an altarpiece, Madonna and Child with Saints, for one of the long walls of the council chamber in the Palazzo Vecchio. Battle scenes painted by rivals Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were supposed to flank the altarpiece, though only Leonardo ever began his painting. Fra Bartolommeo never finished his monochrome altarpiece either, though he was still working on it in 1515.

Fra Bartolommeo used chalk to softly indicate areas of light and shadow as well as to work out other elements of the unified composition, such as the placement of figures and their various poses. His concern with chiaroscuro shows Leonardo's influence.

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  • Title: Madonna and Child with Saints
  • Creator: Fra Bartolommeo (Baccio della Porta)
  • Date: 1510 - 1513
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: 37.5 x 28.3 cm (14 3/4 x 11 1/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Black chalk with traces of white chalk
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Drawing
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 85.GB.288
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italian
  • Classification: Drawings