The Madonna with Saint John and Angels ('Madonna Corsini') (after Andrea del Sarto)
after Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486 – Florence 1530)
Oil painting on canvas, The Madonna with Saint John and Angels ('Madonna Corsini'), after Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486 - Florence 1530), 16th century. A copy after the lost original Corsini Madonna of which there is a good version in the collection of Lord Egremont at Petworth House, West Sussex. The artist's name is inscribed on the cartellino on the ground on the right and the Christ Child holds St John the Baptist's scroll which is inscribed: [ECCE] AGNU[S DEI]. The Madonna, dressed in a pale greenish-blue shift over a bright yellow blouse and a darker bluish-green skirt, is seated on the ground with the Child on her lap in the manner of a Madonna of Humility. On the left, the Infant St John reaches for his scroll, held by the Christ Child whilst still looking over his left shoulder. Three angel children are behind the Madonna, the one on the left holds back an olive green curtain and the one in front, on the right, holds the neck of a lute.
Acquired by Richard Colt Hoare 2nd Bt (1758 – 1838).Given to the National Trust along with the house, its grounds, and the rest of contents by Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare, 6th Bt (1865 – 1947) in 1946.
Stourhead, The Hoare Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Recto: Inscribed indistinctly on the cartellino: [Andrea] del Sarto Recto: On St John's scroll held by the Christ Child [ECCE] AGNU [DEI] Verso: Inscribed in pencil on the stretcher: Sarto Verso: Inscribed on the stretcher and frame:P51 Verso: Painted in white on stretcher and frame: 151 Verso: Painted in red on stretcher and frame: 30
Makers and roles
after Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486 – Florence 1530), artist of original
Colt Hoare 1818 Sir Richard Colt Hoare, A Description of the House and Gardens at Stourhead...with a Catalogue of the Pictures, Salisbury 1800, Bath 1818, rev. 1822, no.90 Stourhead 1838: Inventory of Heir-Looms at Stourhead directed to be taken by the Will of the late Sir Richard Colt Hoare Bart. with the state and condition thereof, 1838 , no.364 Freedberg 1963 S. J. Freedberg, Andrea del Sarto, 1963, p.38 Shearman 1965 John Shearman, Andrea del Sarto, 1965, II,p.217, no.32 (V)