Madonna and Child with Saints and Donors

Artist: Attributed to Sebastiano del Piombo (Italian, Venice (?) 1485/86–1547 Rome)

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: Overall 26 1/2 x 40 1/2 in. (67.3 x 102.9 cm); painted surface 26 x 39 3/4 in. (66 x 101 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Josephine Bieber, in memory of her husband, Siegfried Bieber, 1970

Accession Number: 1973.155.5


This fine painting, with its rich colors and the soft, tonal modeling of the flesh tones, was most likely painted by the young Sebastiano del Piombo. A contemporary of Titian and almost his equal in talent, Sebastiano was an important presence in Venice before his departure for Rome in 1510. If this painting is by him it must be one of his earliest, as the composition is slightly awkward, and although many details are close to those of his later, certain works, it lacks their sophistication.