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ID number:  BIRBI-46.1
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown Italian Artist, after Andrea del Sarto (1486-1530)
Title / Object name:  The Madonna and Child with the Infant St John
Object type:  Painting
Place made:  Florence
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  early 1500s
Materials:  Oil on wood
Measurements:  55.3 x 39 cm unframed; 79.6 x 64.5 x 6.5cm framed
Provenance:  W. G. Coesvelt early nineteenth century; Christie's Auction House, London 2nd June 1837 (lot 36); Christie's Auction House, London 13th June 1840 (lot 21); purchased by Feuquieres; Beriah Botfield of Norton Hall, Northhamptonshire; bequeathed to Marquess of Bath; Viscount Weymouth, Sotheby's Auction House, London, 4 October 1944 (lot 117); Fischmann; P. Messrs and D. Colnaghi & Co Ltd January 1946; Purchased from Messrs. P. and D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., in January 1946 for £1,500.

The Virgin is seated on a rocky bank. She wears a rose coloured dress and over her head is a light purple mantle; on her shoulders rests a pale green scarf, and a deep purple cloak lies in her lap. She supports the Child with both arms. Behind and to the right is the infant Saint John who is laughing; he wears a loin-cloth and holds a cross. In the background to the right is a building, and on a high wall to the left stand two doves.This is a copy of a fresco which Andrea del Sarto painted for an outdoor tabernacle just outside the Porta a Pinti in Florence, on a corner leading to the Church of the Gesuati (San Giusto alle Mura). The fresco was painted around 1520 and was about two metres high with a rounded top. This copy in oil is therefore much reduced. The original painting was situated above eye level, which explains why the holy figures look down at us. The outdoor setting meant that the fresco was reduced to a ruinous condition by the 19th century, leaving this work as an important record.</p>

3 Related Publications

Catalogue of Pictures in the possession of Beriah Botfield of Norton Hall

Andrea del Sarto
Shearman, John

Catalogue of the Collection of W. G. Coesvelt Esq. of London

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