(b. 1475, Caprese, d. 1564, Roma)

Josiah - Jechoniah - Shealtiel (detail)

Cappella Sistina, Vatican

Josiah, the son of Amon, is usually considered to be the man depicted on the right side of the lunette, and Jechoniah the child that he holds on his knees.

The man's face is strongly characterized both by its physiognomy and the tensely alert expression; this is defined by a very clean-cut profile and modeled with remarkable vigour. The vigorous manner by which the man turns his head, the relationship between his neck and the cloak covering his shoulders, and the deep, sculptural rendering of the folds bring to mind the splendour of classical reliefs or the models of Roman portraiture.