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Andrea del Sarto
The Holy Family with the Young Saint John the Baptist
ca. 1528
Oil on wood

53 1/2 x 39 5/8 inches
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1922

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Excerpt from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

This grand Holy Family was painted in 1528 or 1529 for the Florentine Giovanni Borgherini, who was prominent during the city’s brief-lived Republic, before the Medici family re-established their rule. Christ shares his orb with his cousin, Saint John, Florence’s patron saint—a symbolism adopted by the Republican government. Sarto was known as "the painter without defects," and this reputation is fully evident in the masterful drawing of the figures, the nobility and complexity of their gestures, and the sumptuous color. The frame is of the late sixteenth century, possibly Florentine.



Andrea del Sarto’s Borgherini Holy Family
October 14, 2015–January 10, 2016
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Note: The exhibition complements Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action, a more extensive survey of the artist’s work at The Frick Collection at the same time.


Andrea del Sarto, Italian, (1486–1530)
b. July 16, 1486, Florence
d. 1530
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