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The Louvre Acquires a Lorenzo di Credi

By Sotheby's
Picture: © 2022 Musée du Louvre / Hervé Lewandowski Département des Peintures

The French Art Press have noted that the Louvre in Paris have quietly acquired a fragment of a predella by Lorenzo di Credi (1457/1459-1536). The panel was originally part of a much larger altarpiece commissioned from Andrea del Verrocchio between 1475-1477 for the oratory built by Bishop Donato de' Medici. This chapel is now part of the Cathedral of Pistoia. The work will join its corresponding Annunciation by di Credi already preserved in the Louvre. Another depicting A Miracle of Saint Donatus of Arezzo is preserved in the Worcester Art Museum. The painting, which depicts Saint John the Baptist leaving the desert, was acquired at auction in 1868 and was seemingly purchased from the descendants of Edmond Louvet (1836-1906).

Although works by Lorenzo di Credi are particularly rare, Sotheby's New York sold the following Adoration ascribed to di Credi and Workshop in May 2022. Another recent highlight was the sale of A Madonna and Child by the Workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio which was offered for sale at Sotheby's New York in January 2020.

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