Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant St. John

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Object Details

Title:

Virgin and Child with St. Anne and the Infant St. John

Artist/Maker(s):

Frederick Sommer (American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999)

Culture:

American

Date:

1966

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

24 x 17.6 cm (9 7/16 x 6 15/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation

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Comprised of an illustration torn from an old children's book and a lump of hardened molten metal from a burned-out automobile, this photograph by Frederick Sommer is titled after Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of the same name. The amorphous shape laid on top of an anonymous lithograph of a figure seated in the woods next to a basket closely resembles the outline of the Madonna and Child from the fifteenth-century drawing. The smiling head of a boy emerging from the foliage becomes the infant Saint John. In the union of an abstract object with unrelated representational imagery, Sommer has made an art historical reference that is both literal and spiritual.

Provenance
1994 -

Frederick Sommer Prescott, AZ, USA, American, born Italy, 1905 - 1999

Exhibitions
Frederick Sommer: Poetry and Logic (December 6, 1994 to February 12, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), December 6, 1994 to February 12, 1995
Revelation: Representations of Christ in Photography (May 22 to October 18, 2003)
  • The Israel Museum (Jerusalem), May 22 to October 18, 2003
The Photographs of Frederick Sommer: A Centennial Tribute (May 10 to September 4, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 10 to September 4, 2005