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

Madonna and Child

Black and red chalk, pen and brown ink on brownish paper, 541 x 396 mm
Casa Buonarroti, Florence

This large, cartoon size drawing was made on two sheets put together and trimmed on all four sides. It probably served as a model for a painting or a relief that was supposed to be executed by an other artist. There is, however, no documented evidence that the project was ever realized.

This half-length depiction of the Virgin and Child is in keeping with the iconographic type of the Madonna Lactans (the Virgin breast-feeding). It is one of the most beautiful Madonna studies of the Renaissance.