- Giacomo Pacchiarotto
- A young lady writing in a hymnal
- oil on panel
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This charming panel is a youthful work by Giacomo Pacchiarotto. The work carries a traditional attribution to Matteo Balducci (documented 1509-1555) and is accompanied by a certificate from Professor Federico Zeri confirming this attribution. In the past works by Sienese pupils of Bernardo Pintoricchio (1454-1513) were often conveniently bracketed under the name of Balducci but more recently a large part of his oeuvre has been reassigned to other artists, among them the Master of the Basso della Rovere Chapel who was active in Rome around the turn of the 16th century and who can probably be identified as the young Giacomo Pacchiarotto when he was working in Pintoricchio's studio in Rome.1 The present panel is dateable to this period and blends Pacchiarotto's native Sienese style with Pintoricchio's Umbrian idiom.
We are grateful to Professor Todini for proposing the attribution and for comparing the work with a Madonna and Child with two attendant Saints also by Pacchiarotto and formerly attributed to Balducci in the Pinacoteca Nazionale in Siena, inv. no. 391 (see P. Torriti, La Pinacoteca Nazionale di Siena, i dipinti dal XV al XVIII secolo, Genova 1978, p. 55, reproduced).
1. See F. Todini, La pittura umbra dal Duecento al primo Cinquecento, Milan 1989, vol. I, p. 111, reproduced vol. II, pp. 544-549, figs. 1262-1271.