Andrea del Sarto, a leading figure of the High Renaissance, exerted a tremendous influence on Florentine art throughout the sixteenth century. In creating this intimate representation of the Virgin and Child, a painting of his mature period, Andrea is thought to have used his future wife as model. The head of the Infant Christ is also based on a living model, although the sinewy expression of the body follows the sculptural style of the time. A painting with the same composition is held in Ottawa, Canada; presumably it was executed around the same time employing the same cartoon as used for the present work. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)


  • Title: The Madonna and Child
  • Date Created: 1516
  • Provenance: Clara Winthrop, Boston; bequeathed to All Saints Episcopal church, West Newbury, Mass., in the 1930s; sold Sotheby's, New York, 28 January 2000, lot 12; Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd., London, Private Collection, Austria; Christie's, London, 5 July 2011 (not sold); purchased by NMWA, 2014.
  • Physical Dimensions: 89 x 66.6 cm
  • Painter: Andrea del Sarto [Florence, 1486 - Florence, 1530]
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on poplar

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