The Circumcision

The donor, Tommaso Raimondi (died 1510), was a jurist and a poet. He is seen on the right of the painting, opposite his wife, Doralice Cambiago, on whose clothing the letter 'D' is embroidered. The kneeling boy may be their son Marco. Two other figures may be Tommaso Raimondi's brother Eliseo, and the latter's wife Lorenza degli Osi.

The work was painted for the high altarpiece of S. Silvestro, Cremona. The mosaics in the background presumably imitate those of St Mark's in Venice.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1492 - about 1507
Full title
The Circumcision
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
223.4 x 152.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated and inscribed
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1869
Inventory number
Location in Gallery