The Madonna and Child with Saints and a Donor

While Saint Joseph sleeps in the right background, Saint John the Baptist is shown on the left addressing the Virgin.

In an unusual gesture, the Virgin shelters the donor with her right arm. The donor may be Pierfrancesco Borgherini, a wealthy merchant and a friend of both Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo.

The painting shows the influence of Michelangelo in its sculptural forms and colouring, and is possibly based on a design by this artist.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1485 - 1547
Full title
The Madonna and Child with Saint Joseph, Saint John the Baptist and a Donor
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on wood
97.8 x 106.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1895
Inventory number
Location in Gallery