Pietro di Domenico
- Pietro di Domenico
- Madonna and Child with Two Angels
- tempera on panel, gold ground
- 23 3/8 by 15 3/8 in.; 59.3 by 39 cm.
Possibly Sangiorgi, Rome;
George and Florence Blumenthal, New York, by 1911;
By whom bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (inv. no. 41.190.22).
A. Venturi, La galleria Sterbini in Roma, Rome 1906, pp. 78, 83, cat. no. 19, reproduced fig. 29, (as attributed to Neroccio, dating to circa 1475);
F. Sapori, "Una Madonna di Neroccio Landi di Bartolommeo alla Galleria Sterbini in Roma", in Rassegna d'arte senese, 5, no. 3, 1909, pp. 84–86 (as a late work by Neroccio);
F. M. Perkins, "Alcuni dipinti senesi," in Rassegna d'arte senese, 7, nos. 1–2, 1911, pp. 18 - 19, reproduced pp. 18 and 19 (as attributed to Pietro di Domenico);
S. Rubinstein-Bloch, "Paintings - Early Schools", in Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, vol. 1, Paris 1926, reproduced plate XXXIII (here and henceforth as Pietro di Domenico);
P. Misciattelli, "La donna senese del Rinascimento", in La Diana, 2, no. 4, 1927, reproduced p. 233;
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, Oxford 1932, p. 456;
F.M. Perkins in Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, 27, Leipzig 1933, p. 18;
B. Berenson, I Pitturi italiani del rinascimento. Milan 1936, p. 392;
R. van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, vol. 16, The Hague 1937, pp. 312 - 13, pp. 459 - 60, cat. no. 3;
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London 1968, vol. I, p. 343;
B. B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Cambridge, Mass. 1972, pp. 165, 347, 608;
F. Zeri with E. E. Gardner, Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sienese and Central Italian Schools, New York 1980, pp. 64 - 65, reproduced plate 73;
K. Christiansen et al., Painting in Renaissance Siena: 1420 - 1500, exhibition catalogue, New York 1988, p. 345;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1980, vol. I, p. 142, reproduced vol. II, p. 72;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1995, p. 65, reproduced;
M. S. Frinta, Punched Decoration on Late Medieval Panel and Miniature Painting, part 1, Prague 1998, p. 473.
Pietro di Domenico likely received his initial training in the shop of Benvenuto di Giovanni. The works of Francesco di Giorgio and Matteo di Giovanni, however, also very much inspired the young painter. As an early work, this beautiful Madonna and Child bears the hallmark of all three influencing artists.4 The face of the Madonna, for example, is reminiscent of that in Francesco di Giorgio’s Madonna and Child with two Saints in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena (inv. no. 293), yet the choice of figures and technique remain, very close to the young artist’s master, Benvenuto.5
1. S. Padovani and B. Santi, Buonconvento: Museo d’arte sacra della Val d’Arbia, Genoa 1981, p. 40.
2. K. Christiansen et al., under Literature.