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Madonna and Child
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16th Century
Madonna and Child
[Madonna con Bambino]
Oil on canvas
85 x 62 cm  [HxW]
Patrick Matthiesen Fine Art Ldt., Londra

In Florence, del Sarto probably worked from a life sketch but often departed from the ‘coloured drawing’ and composed his paintings using patches of colour and shade. The Madonna, perhaps modeled on his wife, occupies a compressed space between green curtains and a stone parapet as she supports a child of classical rather than natural proportions. His twisting pose and the strong colours point the way to Mannerism.

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