The Madonna and Child with Saint John

The motif of the two holy children embracing derives from a design by Leonardo. The painting is very worn and the degree to which Fra Bartolommeo worked on it is hard to assess. A studio sketch of this design is in the Royal Collection, Windsor.

The town in the left background is repeated in Fra Bartolommeo's 'Vision of Saint Bernard' (Florence, Galleria Accademia).

Key facts

Artist dates
1472? - 1517
Full title
The Madonna and Child with Saint John
Date made
perhaps about 1516
Medium and support
Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
88.3 x 71.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1900
Inventory number
Location in Gallery