Madonna and Child

Artist: Francesco Francia (Italian, Bologna ca. 1447–1517 Bologna)

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 24 x 18 1/8 in. (61 x 46 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Lewis C. Ledyard III, Mrs. Victor Onet, and Mrs. T. F. Turner, in memory of Lewis C. Ledyard, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.448


The perfection of Francia’s technique, the serenity of his landscapes, and the sweet delicacy of his Madonnas earned him universal admiration: we are told that the citizens of Bologna "thought of him as a god." This exceptionally well-preserved work dates from the 1490s, when he was at the peak of his career.

The Venetian frame is not original to the picture but is of the period and, like the painting, in beautiful condition.