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After Boltraffio, "Sacra Conversazione"

1878-1882 Kenyon Cox Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919 oil on canvas 12 5/8 x 12 7/8 in. (32.1 x 32.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Ambrose Lansing 1983.114.16 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 8A

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Kenyon Cox studied in Paris, as did many nineteenth-century American art students from affluent families. While there, he trained with well-known French artists, but his works were largely influenced by classical and Renaissance art. This small painting is a copy of a work in the Louvre by Italian Renaissance artist Giovanni Boltraffio (about 1467-1516). Sacra conversazione, or sacred conversation, was a common subject during the Renaissance and generally portrayed the Virgin and child surrounded by saints. Boltraffio's version depicts the Virgin and child with John the Baptist, Saint Sebastian, and the patrons of the painting, Giacomo Marchione de Pandolfi da Casio and his son Girolamo Casio.


Figure group

Homage - Boltraffio


Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Mary

Religion - saint


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Kenyon Cox

Born: Warren, Ohio 1856 Died: New York, New York 1919

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