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Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John

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Follower of Agnolo Bronzino, Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John, 1540/1560, oil paint on poplar wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.48

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Title

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John

Artist

Follower of Agnolo Bronzino (Italian, active 1503-1572)

Date

1540/1560

Period

Late Renaissance (mid-late 16th century)

Medium

oil paint on poplar wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

40 3/8 in x 31 1/2 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.48

Copyright

public domain

Terms

Christ-child

cross

Madonna

Mannerist

oil paint

paintings

poplar

Saint John the Baptist

saints

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

Considered the principal master of Italian Mannerism, Bronzino created an art distinctive for its courtly stylishness, sophisticated compositions, and the elegant, often improbable postures of its figures. The Mannerist qualities evident here include the graceful intertwining of gestures and the oddly rotated pose of the young Baptist to the left.

The importance of the meeting between Christ and John the Baptist as adults led artists to envision a meeting between the two as children. Here, the exchange between them enacts a prophecy: Christ steps heroically forward to accept the cross that he will later bear to Calvary as the lamb of sacrifice. The complex synthesis of style and meaning in this painting conveys an elaborate theological message, a feature typical of Mannerism and of Bronzino's art in particular.

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