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A Renaissance Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist in Kirkcaldy
A Renaissance Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist in Kirkcaldy
Fig. 8 / Pier Francesco Foschi,
Giovanni Salviati, ca. 1540s, oil
on panel, 88 x 63 cm, Moscow,
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
Fig. 9 / Attributed to Pier
Francesco Foschi, Madonna
and Child with the Infant Saint
John the Baptist, ca. 1525-1535,
Genoa, Galleria Nazionale di
Palazzo Spinola.
Fig. 10 / Attributed to Master
of Volterra, Madonna and Child
with the Infant Saint John the
Baptist, 1530s, oil on panel,
Private Collection.
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The small, rosebud-shaped mouth of the Virgin in the
latter finds echoes in the mouths of the Virgin in two
pictures connected with the Volterra Master in the
Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena: a Madonna and Child
and a Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John (nos.
562 and 563), both hailing from the sixteenth-century
Florentine Governor of Siena’s palace.10 A perhaps even
more telling comparison can be made with a picture
of a completely different subject, The Rape of Ganymede,
ca. 1540 (Wales, Cyfartha Castle Museum and Art
Gallery) (fig. 11), inspired by Michelangelo’s famous lost
drawing of 1532 for Tommaso de’ Cavalieri, known
through many drawn and painted copies.11 Here the
pretty face and rosebud-shaped mouth of Ganymede,
so different from Michelangelo’s, as well as the springy
curve of his thighs and the colours of the landscape, are
evocative of the Kirkcaldy Master, as are his strands of
hair by comparison with those of the Virgin.

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