Emile Gavet, Paris;
His sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 31 May-9 June 1897, lot 730, for 9,300 francs;
With Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, before 1902;
Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Wilstach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by whom acquired (most likely from the above) on 1 October 1902;
By whom bequeathed to the Philadelphia Museum of Art;
By whom sold, Philadelphia, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., 20-23 October, 1954, lot 96 (as Attributed to Neri di Bicci), where acquired by a member of the family of the present owner;
Given to the present collector in 1961.
Illustrated Catalogue of the Eigth [sic] Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters, Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris 1902, p. 78, cat. no. 63, reproduced;
Catalogue of the W.P. Wilstach Collection, Philadelphia 1904, pp. 18-19, cat no. 23 (as Neri di Bicci);
The W.P. Wilstach Collection, supplement 1906, cat. no. 24 (as Neri di Bicci);
The W.P. Wilstach Collection, Philadelphia 1910, cat. no. 34 (as Neri di Bicci);
Catalogue of the W.P. Wilstach Collection, Philadelphia 1922, p. 89, cat. no. 229 (as Attributed to Neri di Bicci);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Florentine School, London 1963, vol. I, p. 157 (as Neri di Bicci).
This painting relates to other works by Neri di Bicci which depict the Madonna and Child enthroned, in the centre of a sacra conversazione. The figure of the breast-feeding Madonna, in fact, corresponds to that in another panel, formerly in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne (reproduced in R. van Marle, The Development of the Italian School of Painting, vol. X, The Hague 1928, p. 532, fig. 317).
We are grateful to Everett Fahy for endorsing the attribution to Neri di Bicci after first hand inspection of the painting.
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