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Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


1527/30 or later


Agnolo Bronzino and Workshop
Italian, 1503–1572

About this artwork

This charming image of the Virgin and Child provides a revealing glimpse of workshop practice in the circle of Agnolo Bronzino and his master, Jacopo da Pontormo, two of the most sophisticated Mannerist artists working in Florence. Two other versions of the composition are known; like this one, they are unfinished, though Bronzino brought them to a further state of completion. The most finished example, in a private collection, shows the polished style of Bronzino at the time when he was working under the guidance of Pontormo (and was probably still in his shop). The other two follow a cartoon, or pattern drawing, based on this work and may be from a later date. It is unclear why these replicas were begun and then abandoned.


On View, Gallery 205


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Agnolo Bronzino


Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist


Florence (Object made in)




Oil on panel


32 1/8 × 22 5/8 in. (81.6 × 57.4 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

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