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Christie's Old Masters
New York

The artist known to posterity as Fra Bartolommeo was born and baptized in Florence on 28 March 1472. His father, a muleteer and carter, moved the family to a house outside the Porta San Pier Gattolini just a few years later, and the young boy soon became known as 'Baccio' (an informal and affectionate Tuscan …

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Born in Tuscany, Renaissance master Fra Bartolommeo was inspired by the Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola, who suggested that art should illustrate the bible as a means of teaching the illiterate. Artistically, Bartolommeo was influenced by Piero di Cosimo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, and, later, friend and colleague Raphael. Bartolommeo became known for painting small draped figures, a tendency many considered an artistic weakness compared to the more heroically proportioned forms of his Renaissance contemporaries. He responded by creating a massive rendering of St. Mark often regarded as his masterpiece; hanging in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, the work proved his ability to paint the human body with a more colossal presence, in the style of Michelangelo. Many also credit Bartolommeo as the first to work from the lay figure, the jointed wooden model now widely used by students and professional artists alike.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2018
To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500-1800Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed,J. Paul Getty Museum
2013
RenaissanceChristie's Old Masters

The Madonna and Child

Oil on panel, a tondo in its original frame
25 1/2 in diameter
64.7 cm diameter
Location
New York
COM
Christie's Old Masters
New York

The artist known to posterity as Fra Bartolommeo was born and baptized in Florence on 28 March …

Medium

Born in Tuscany, Renaissance master Fra Bartolommeo was inspired by the Dominican Friar Girolamo Savonarola, who suggested that art should illustrate the bible as a means of teaching the illiterate. Artistically, Bartolommeo was influenced by Piero di Cosimo, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Leonardo da Vinci, and, later, friend and colleague Raphael. Bartolommeo became known for painting small draped figures, a tendency many considered an artistic weakness compared to the more heroically proportioned forms of his Renaissance contemporaries. He responded by creating a massive rendering of St. Mark often regarded as his masterpiece; hanging in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, the work proved his ability to paint the human body with a more colossal presence, in the style of Michelangelo. Many also credit Bartolommeo as the first to work from the lay figure, the jointed wooden model now widely used by students and professional artists alike.

Collected by major museums
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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