Florentine School. Painter and sculptor. Son of Lodovico Buonarroti. Pupil of Domenico Ghirlandaio. His great works in painting are the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel.
LONDON, NATIONAL GALLERY
THE ENTOMBMENT In the centre the dead Christ borne on a sling between St. John on the left and Mary Magdalene on the right. The body sinks back against St. Joseph of Arimathea, who bends forward over the head. Another sling is round Christ’s chest. St. John stands full face gripping the sling with both hands, and supporting it on his raised right thigh. The Magdalene leans back, straining with her left arm on the sling. Behind her on the right stands Mary, the wife of Cleopas, with outstretched ight arm. Before her in the right corner is the silhouette of the Virgin. In the left corner, kneeling, sitting back on her heels, is Salome; she gazes at her right hand held to her breast, her left hand supporting her right elbow.
Probably painted, but left unfinished, about 1500. Formerly in the collection of Cardinal Fesch. Purchased from Mr. Robert MacPherson in 1868.
THE MADONNA AND CHILD WITH THE BAPTIST AND ANGELS The Virgin is seated facing us in the centre holding an open book up to the left. The Child, standing in front of her, reaches across her with His right hand and grasps the book. Behind Him stands the infant 5t. John facing us, and on each side are two angels, those on the left being unfinished.
Perhaps designed at Bologna in 1494. Formerly ascribed to Domenico Ghirlandaio.
Purchased from the executors of Lord Taunton in 1870.
THE HOLY FAMILY A Round. The Virgin, in a pale pink tunic and bluish-grey robe, is sitting on the grass, leaning back against the knees of St. Joseph, who sits immediately behind her, presumably on a low stool, holding the Child on his right. The Virgin’s head is turned upwards to the left as she looks at the Child, and both her arms reach out to support Him, the right lying across St. Joseph’s knee with the forearm raised, the left forearm covering her throat. The Child stands with His right knee bent, and His right foot on His mother’s arm (the left being behind it), and both hands on her head as He looks down at her.
The foreground is perfectly flat grass, and is divided by a stone ledge passing just behind the group from a slightly lower courtyard surrounded by a stone parapet, on which are seen sitting or leaning two nude men on the left and three on the right. On the extreme right are seen the head and shoulders of a boy looking up at St. Joseph. Background of mountains and sky.
Probably painted in 1503 for Angelo Doni.