An artist who became one of the greatest painters of the High Renaissance was commissioned to execute three paintings for the Augustinian convento at San Gallo.
This convento existed for about forty years just outside the city walls of Florence in Italy between 1487 and 1529.
This was before his paintings had gained their full appreciation, both artistically and financially.
This happened in the eight years from 1510 to 1517, which were the early years in the career of Andrea del Sarto (1486 - 1530) as an independent artist.
Andrea del Sarto has suffered from being the contemporary of such giants as Michelangelo and Raphael, but he undoubtedly ranks as one of the greatest masters of his time.
The three paintings he executed for the Augustinian convento were Noli me Tangere, The Annunciation (see next page)and the Disputa di S. Agostino (Dispute of Saint Augustine over the Trinity - click here).
Their accepted dates of production are 1510, 1512-1513 and 1517 respectively.
Of the three paintings, the first one was executed before del Sarto had developed the skill that seven years later made the third of these paintings a masterpiece.
The first painting is Noli me Tangere (click here). These are Latin words for "Do not touch me" – the words of Christ to Mary Magdalen after the Resurrection).
It is a panel painting. Its dimensions are 176 x 155 cm. It can be seen in the Museo del Cenacolo di San Salvi, Florence.