The Holy Family, by Andrea del Brescianino (c1486-1525).

Oil on panel, 71cm by 54.5cm.

The painting was one of several acquired by Brownlow, 9th Earl of Exeter (1725-1793) from the Abbe Fiori at Bologna.

Andrea del Brescianino and his brother Raffaello were established artists in their native Siena, where they were known as the Brescianini of Siena.

In 1525 they travelled to Florence, where they were registered with the Painters’ Guild and were influenced by the work of Fra. Bartolommeo (1472-1517), a friend of Raphael (1483-1520), with whom he worked closely; each it is said influencing the work of the other.


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