CONTI, Francesco
(b. 1681, Firenze, d. 1760, Firenze)

Madonna and Child with Saints

Oil on canvas, 200 x 117 cm
Chiesa Collegiata di Sant'Andrea, Montecarlo, Lucca

The painter's artistic maturity reached its heights with what is considered his masterpiece: the Madonna and Child with St Sylvester the Pope, St Paul and St Catherine of Alexandria, carried out in 1738 on a commission from the Rucellai family for the Church of Sant'Andrea at Montecarlo, Lucca. The clever use of light in this painting unites the figures in a masterly composition.