Andrea del Sarto

The Virgin and Child

c. 1515-1517
Andrea was the leading painter in Florence, his work marked by refinement and controlled emotional power. Tightly framed, the figures’ poses and glances play against each other: the mother, shown in a moment of introspection, offers shelter; her child both gestures to her and looks away, his attention caught by something outside the image. The striking colour scheme and the subtle contrast of materials – flesh and cloth – further enrich the work. The result is a subtly balanced whole that creates a sense of aesthetic and emotional complexity. Frame: chop-carved wood, gilded. Italy, late 16th – early 17th century
Title
The Virgin and Child
Date
c. 1515-1517
Medium
Painting
Materials
tempera and oil on wood, likely poplar
Dimensions
85.6 x 62.5 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1938
Accession number
4352