Virgin and Child
Andrea del Sarto (Italian (Florentine), 1486–1530)
82.5 x 65.4 cm (32 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on panel
Museum Council Gallery (Gallery 254)
Andrea del Sarto’s serene paintings often combine crisp draperies with blurred contours of facial features, limbs, and hands. Sarto—so named for his father’s profession as a sarto, or tailor—taught many of the brightest talents in Florence, including Rosso Fiorentino. But he also absorbed contemporary influences. This early work seems to be based on a specific Virgin and Child painting, now lost, by the slightly older Raphael.
By 1827, possibly Joseph Strutt, Derby, England (?) [see note 1]; probably by mid-19th century, in the collection of the Strutt family [see note 2]; until 1960, by descent within the Strutt family to the Lord Belper collection; 1960, sold by Belper to Agnew's, London (stock no. 32592); July 19, 1971, sold by Agnew's to William A. Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993)
 A "Madonna and Child" by Andrea del Sarto appears in the 1827 inventory of Joseph Strutt, Derby (no. 55), though this has not been positively identified with the MFA painting.  According to information provided by Agnew's, London, to William A. Coolidge.
Bequest of William A. Coolidge