Franciabigio (Francesco di Cristofano) (Italian, Florentine, 1484–1525)
Oil on wood; 15 x 11 1/2 in. (38.1 x 29.2 cm)
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.89)
The young Florentine artist Franciabigio shared a workshop near the Palazzo della Signoria with Andrea del Sarto from around 1506. This delicate, fragmentary head of the Madonna relies closely on a painting by del Sarto of the Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist that was probably painted around 1508 and hung in the Giustiniani collection in Rome in the seventeenth century. It is a demonstration of the close working relationship between one of the greatest Florentine artists of the sixteenth century and this talented painter.
The frame is seventeenth century, probably Bolognese.