Fra Bartolomeo, Madonna and Child with the Young St. John the Baptist, c. 1497

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Fra Bartolomeo was among the most creative painters in late-fifteenth-century Florence. This work dates about 1497, before he joined the Dominican order. The lively play of hands and the elaborate configuration of the drapery recall the work of Leonardo da Vinci, while the treatment of light and background landscape also reveal a careful study of the work of Piero di Cosimo and of Netherlandish painting, much prized in Florence. Leonardo believed that a moderate light, falling gently through a window, produced the most beautiful effects.

 

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