Saint Anne with the Virgin and Four Saints

Saints Sebastian and Paul are shown on the left; Saints Lawrence and Benedict (?) are included on the right. On the capital in the centre is a sculpture showing the Sacrifice of Isaac. This picture and its lunette showing the 'Pietà', formed the altarpiece in the Chapel of Saint Anne in S. Frediano, Lucca. The chapel was completed in 1511.

It is clear from the signature on the picture that the altarpiece was finished or almost finished before Francia's death.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1447 - 1517
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, the Infant Saint John the Baptist and Four Saints
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
195 x 180.5 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1841
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: The Buonvisi Altarpiece

Francesco Francia
Francesco Francia: 'Pietà'