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Giovanni Antonio Sogliani, The Madonna and Child

Key facts
Full title The Madonna and Child
Artist Giovanni Antonio Sogliani
Artist dates 1492 - 1544
Date made probably about 1520-40
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 17.3 × 10.4 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1860
Inventory number NG645
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
The Madonna and Child
Giovanni Antonio Sogliani

The Virgin Mary sits on a bank in a hilly landscape, holding the naked infant Christ on her knee. He looks at us and raises his right hand in blessing. With the other he holds his mother’s thumb. The three sets of three gold lines radiating from Christ’s head denote that he, with God and the Holy Ghost, is one of the Trinity.

This small picture, intended for private devotion, was formerly believed to be by the Florentine painter Albertinelli (1474–1515). It is now thought to be by Giovanni Antonio Sogliani (1492–1544), a minor painter working in Florence and Pisa. Mentioned in Vasari’s Lives of the Artists, Sogliani was influenced by Albertinelli and also by Fra Bartolommeo and Andrea del Sarto, the leading Florentine artists of the previous generation

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