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Copy after the Barberini Holy Family

Florentine painter Andrea del Sarto enjoyed the patronage of the Medici family in Florence and of King François I of France. The rich, luminous palette and monumental figures in this painting are hallmarks of Andrea’s style, but also reflect the influence of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, whose work Andrea saw in Rome. Originally commissioned by the Florentine Zanobi Bracci for a chapel in his villa, this portrayal of the Holy Family became one of Andrea’s most popular compositions, spurring a demand for copies, twenty-one of which are known today. This version bears a close resemblance to the original (now known as the Barberini Holy Family after a later owner), suggesting it was produced in Andrea’s workshop, probably under his supervision.

Workshop of Andrea del Sarto
Florentine, 1486‒1530
Copy after the Barberini Holy Family
ca. 1529‒30
Oil on panel
55 5/8 x 42 7/8 in. (141.3 x 108.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Nicholas Acquavella, 79.101