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HeadofTheMadonna_TheMET (6)

‘Head of the Madonna’


Andrea del Sarto

Italian, Florentine, 1486-1530


Oil on wood


This is the only surviving fragments from a painting of the Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist. The original composition is known from an engraving by Cornelis Bloemaert and a painted copy by Sassoferrato, done when the picture belonged to the Marchese Vincenzo Giustiniani in Rome. It is an early work by Sarto, painted around 1506-10. The frame is seventeenth-century, probably Bolognese.


The Friedsam Collection,

Bequest of Micahel Friedsam, 1931 32.100.89

From the Placard, Metropolitan Museum of Art



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Taken on November 6, 2009