The Weldon Dandini not only has roots in Raphael's paintings of the Virgin and Child but also relates thematically and compositionally to other works by the artist’s hand. Dandini's depictions of female figures embracing a child share thematic similarities with his famed Allegory of Charity compositions, an example of which is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (inv. no. 69.283). The tender composition of the present work must have touched his clientele, for Dandini returned to it on a number of occasions, and such scenes are among the the most remarkable and poignant paintings of the artist's career.1
1. For variations on the present composition, see Bellesi under literature, pp. 148-150, cat. nos. 92 and 93, p. 177, cat. no. 119. Also see S. Bellesi, Cesare Dandini: Addenda al catalogo dei dipinti, Florence 2007, pp. 46-48, cat. nos. 43 and 44.
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