Pitti Tondo: The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist

Pitti Tondo: The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist

Purchased from Oronzio Lelli in 1876 (sum unrecorded)

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Pitti Tondo: The Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist
Michelangelo (1475-1564)
1501-6
Marble
Museo Nazionale (Bargello), Florence, Italy

This unfinished relief is one of two tondi which Vasari (1550) states that Michelangelo blocked out, but did not complete, while working on the David (1501-4) in Florence. It was executed for Bartolommeo Pitti, nephew of the Florentine chancellor, Luca Pitti (1395-1472).