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Virgin and Child with an Angel

Francesco Salviati   
Italian, 1510-1563

Virgin and Child with an Angel, c. 1535-1539
Oil on wood
This acquisition was made possible through the support of the Volunteer Circle of the National Gallery of Canada and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation Renaissance Ball Patrons, for the Gallery's 125th anniversary.
Purchased 2005

Salviati’s painting is a beautiful and rare example of Roman Mannerism, a style that evolved during the Renaissance in response to the art of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. The sheer monumentality, weight, and power of the figures deliberately recall figures on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling. Salviati was one of leading artists of the 16th century for his fluidly elegant and refined style, characterized by sinuous lines, spontaneous brushwork, and rich, ornamental detail.