Artist Agnolo Bronzino, Italian, 1503-1572
  • Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist
  • Madonna col Bambino e S. Giovanni (alternate title)
Date ca. 1540
Medium Oil on poplar panel
Dimensions Unframed: 24 5/8 × 19 3/16 inches (62.5 × 48.8 cm)
Framed: 29 7/16 × 23 7/8 × 2 3/4 inches (74.8 × 60.6 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Bequest of Alvan Macauley, Jr.
Accession Number 82.51
Department European Painting
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W231, Level 2 (see map)
Marks Marks, on verso: [catalogue entry, see CSL report]
Marks, in black, on verso, stenciled: 4 7 4 111
Label, in black ink, on paper, on verso: 1319
Label, in black ink, on round paper: 6
Marks, in pink crayon, on verso: x2
Marks, in black crayon, on verso: x100
Marks, impressed, on verso: [monogram, possibly conjoined P and S]
Label, on frame, in blue pencil on paper with red borders: 1803
until 1895, Henry Doetsch (London, England);
June 22, 1895, sold by (Christie's, London, England) auction Henry Doetsch, lot 112;
1895, purchased by (Theron J. Blakeslee, New York, New York, USA);
possibly before 1928, purchased by Arthur Goetz (New York, New York, USA);
ca. 1928, purchased by (Sigrif Aram, Galerie Erhard, New York, New York, USA and Berlin, Germany);
Sucheky (New York, New York, USA);
Macauley family (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1982, by inheritance to Alvan Macauley (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1982-present, bequest to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Catalogue of the Highly Important Collection of Pictures by Old Masters of Henry Doetsch, Esq. Sales. cat., Christie, Manson & Woods. London, June 22, 24 & 25, 1895, p. 33, no. 112.

Freund [Frank E. Washburn]. "Italienische Bilder im New Yorker Kunsthandel." Der Cicerone 20 (1928): 342–343, pp. 343–344 (ill.).

McComb, Arthur. Agnolo Bronzino: His Life and Works. Cambridge, 1928, pp. 73–74, pl. 51 (ill.). [as "Holy Family" dated during Bronzino’s middle period (1530–1549)]

Venturi, A. Storia Dell'arte Italiana 9, part 6. Milan, 1933, p. 73. [as in the collection of Sigfrid Aram]

Emiliani, Andrea. Il Bronzino. Busto Arsizio, 1960, p. 84. [as a late copy by Bronzino]

Berenson, Bernard. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School, vol. 1. London, 1963, p. 44; vol. 2, pl. 1440. (ill.). [as a Homeless picture by Bronzino.]

Baccheschi, Edi. L'opera completa del Bronzino. Milan, 1973, p. 102. [as in the collection of Aram and Sucheky]

Cox-Rearick, Janet. "A Madonna by Bronzino Reconsidered." Artibus et Historiae 4, no. 2 (1981): 17-27, pp. 17–27 (ill.). [dated 1540–1545.]

"Calendar." The Burlington Magazine 125, no. 966 (September 1983): 580–581, p. 580 (ill.).

Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 61, no. 3 (1983): 1–68, front cover (ill.), pp. 7, 14, 20 [as by Bronzino, dated ca. 1540.]

Pilliod, Elizabeth. "Book Reviews: Alessandro Allori by Simona Lecchini Giovannoni" Burlington Magazine 134, no. 1076 (November 1992): 727–729, p. 729. [as by Alessandro Allori]