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The Virgin holds the standing Christ who, with outstretched hand, blesses the Infant St John the Baptist. St John is already dressed in animal skins of the kind he will wear when preaching in the desert. Behind him stand two angels and in the landscape to the right an episode from the Fioretti (Little Flowers) of St Francis is illustrated, with St Francis kneeling before an angel playing a viol. The picture demonstrates Sarto’s increasingly mannerist elegance in its colouring, complex artificial composition and elegantly refined poses, which nevertheless convey emotion with great immediacy.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1517–c.1519

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 106.5 x W 81.3 cm

Accession number

P9

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1850; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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