(b. ca. 1467, Monte Sansovino, d. 1529, Monte Sansovino)

Madonna and Child with St Anne

Sant'Agostino, Rome

In 1512 Sansovino sculpted the Madonna and Child with St Anne in Sant'Agostino, reworking an ancient model in a sacred context, confronting the language of Raphael, who painted a fresco of the prophet Isaiah on the next pillar. Sansovino's sculpture had an antique air - the face of the Virgin recalls a young Roman matron in the Flavian era - that does not, however, exclude a more austere religious inspiration. This was praised by Vasari as "the only example among modern figures that one can believe divine."