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

St Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child

c. 1505
Pen, 254 x 177 mm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The challenge of this subject is the placement of one grown woman on the lap of another without creating an awkward appearance. Michelangelo dealt with a similar problem already in his Roman Pietà, a subject which required the placement of an adult male on the lap of a woman.