About this artwork
These two casually posed and loosely rendered portraits originally made up part of the lower section, or predella, of an altarpiece for a church in Gambassi, near Florence. The images of the patron, Domenico, and his wife, Lucrezia, flanked additional, now-lost paintings. The painted strapwork around the portraits, discovered during recent conservation treatment, once formed part of a decorative pattern that would have extended throughout the predella; it indicates how all the individual paintings were interconnected. Andrea del Sarto added highlights at the bottom of each roundel, mimicking the natural light of the church, to create the illusion of the paintings being set within a three-dimensional frame.
- Andrea del Sarto
- Lucrezia di Lippo di Iacopo Guidi
- Italy (Artist's nationality)
- Oil on panel
- 22.5 × 15.9 cm (8 7/8 × 6 1/4 in.)
- Gift of Mrs. Murray S. Danforth