Young Woman Holding a Cat (1525). Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi, called Bachiacca (Italian, Florentine Mannerist, 1494–1557). Oil on panel.
In 1540, Bachiacca became an artist at the court of Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici. His first major commission was to paint the walls and ceiling of the duke’s private study with plants, animals and a landscape, which remain an important testimony of Cosimo’s interest in botany and the natural sciences.
"Bachiacca was a friend and associate of Andrea del Sarto, and collaborated with him and Francesco Granacci on a memorable series of paintings for a bedroom in Florence. This devotional painting shows the Madonna and Child amidst a selection of carefully depicted flowers – jasmine, cornflower, rose and sweetbriar – all of which were symbols of the Virgin or Christ in the Renaissance. The composition, also the basis for paintings by Granacci, one of which is exhibited in this gallery, was inspired either by a relief sculpture by Donatello or, more likely, a drawing by Michelangelo, with whom both painters were acquainted." (x)
Bachiacca (Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi) (Italian, Florence 1494–1557 Florence) Madonna and Child possibly early 1520s Oil and gold on wood 34 1/4 x 26 1/2 in. (87 x 67.3 cm)The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982 Accession Number 1982.60.10Inscribed (on Madonna’s collar): AVE MARIA metmuseum.org