Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Santi di Tito Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 609

Santi di Tito’s work was exceptional in the latter half of the sixteenth century in Florence for its shift toward naturalism and away from the artificiality associated with the then-popular Mannerist style. Rather than look to his contemporaries and their preference for distorted elegance, Santi di Tito took inspiration from earlier artists like Raphael and Andrea del Sarto. The visible brushstrokes of this work attest to their impact on Santi, bringing a new immediacy and painterly quality to his work. This panel was probably painted in the 1570s, and the frame is of the same period.

Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, Santi di Tito (Italian, Sansepolcro 1536–1603 Florence), Oil on wood

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