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Title

Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist

circa 1542

Artist

Domenico Beccafumi

Italy

1484 – January or 18 May 1551

Alternate image of Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist by Domenico Beccafumi
Alternate image of Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist by Domenico Beccafumi
Alternate image of Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist by Domenico Beccafumi
Alternate image of Madonna and Child with infant John the Baptist by Domenico Beccafumi
  • Details

    Other Title
    The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist
    Date
    circa 1542
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    oil on panel
    Dimensions
    90.5 x 69.0 x 2.0 cm panel; 134.5 x 100.0 x 18.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation Purchase 1992
    Location
    Grand Courts
    Accession number
    231.1992
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Domenico Beccafumi

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Though he worked in the relatively conservative
    centre of Siena, Domenico Beccafumi was familiar
    with the major artists of Rome and Florence. This
    work shows the influence of Andrea del Sarto and
    Michelangelo, particularly in the figure of the Virgin.
    The impact of Florentine artists such as Pontormo is
    also apparent in the exaggerated poses of the Christ
    Child and the infant Baptist.

    Beccafumi was steeped in the artifice and
    hyper-elegance of Mannerism, the dominant style of
    the 1500s which set out to make the most beautiful
    and graceful version of a subject. The 'sfumato'
    (smoky) shadows from which the forms emerge
    give the painting the quality of mystery, and the
    night landscape prefigures the sorrowful event of
    the Crucifixion. The expressions of the three figures
    are united in grave contemplation of that future.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 15 publications

  • Provenance

    The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact provenance@ag.nsw.gov.au

    A.S. Drey, Munich/Germany, [dealer]

    Private Collection, Monaco, Il dipinto, giunto prima del 1936 da Monaco a Londra, è attualmente nella Galleria Matthiesen. [the painting, which arrived in London from Monaco before 1936, is now in the Gallery Matthiesen.] see 'Beccafumi' by Piero Torriti, Electa 1998, pg. 187

    Private Collection, London/England, Sold Sotheby's London, 7 December 1988, lot 83 for £297,000

    The Matthiesen Gallery, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Matthiesen Gallery 1992