FRANCIABIGIO
(b. ca. 1482, Firenze, d. 1525, Firenze)

Madonna with Child and the Young St John

1518-24
Oil on panel, 121 x 90 cm
Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna

This painting was attributed to Raphael until Franciabigio's monogram was discovered on the hem of Mary's robe. The treatment of the theme is indeed related to Raphael's Madonna del Prato, and St John's pose is taken from the Madonna dell'Impannata.

The banderole in the Christ Child's hand reads: ECCE AGNUS DEI (Behold the Lamb of God).