Lot 202
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Neroccio di Bartolommeo de' Landi and Workshop

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 USD
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50,000 USD
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Description

  • Neroccio di Bartolommeo de' Landi and Workshop
  • Madonna and Child with Saints Michael and Bernardino of Siena
  • tempera on panel
  • overall: 31 1/4  by 22 3/4  in.; 79.4 by 57.8 cm.;
    painted surface: 27 1/2  by 19 1/8  in.; 69.9 by 48.6 cm.

Provenance

With Luigi Grassi, Florence;
George Blumenthal, New York, by 1913;
By whom gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in 1941 (Inv. no. 41.100.18).

Literature

F.M. Perkins, "Alcuni dipinti senesi sconosciuti o inediti", in Rassegna d'arte, 13 August 1913), p. 124, ill. p. 125, as in the collection of George Blumenthal, New York (as Nerroccio de' Landi);
J.A. Crowe and G.B. Cavalcaselle, "Umbrian and Sienese Masters of the Fifteenth Century", in A History of Painting in Italy: Umbria, Florence and Siena from the Second to the Sixteenth Century, vol. V, London 1914, p. 159 cat. no. 6 (as Neroccio);
S. Rubinstein-Bloch, "Paintings - Early Schools", in Catalogue of the Collection of George and Florence Blumenthal, vol. I, Paris 1926, (unpaginated), reproduced plate XXXII;
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, Oxford 1932, p. 390 (as "in great part" by Neroccio);
G.H. Edgell, A History of Sienese Painting, New York 1932, p. 250, reproduced fig. 372 (as Neroccio, dating to the end of his career, but completed or altered by a later artist);
B. Berenson, Pitture italiane del rinascimento, Milan 1936, p. 335 (as "in great part" by Neroccio);
R. van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, vol. XVI, The Hague 1937, pp. 314–315 (as Workshop of Neroccio);
J. Pope-Hennessy, "Francesco di Giorgio, Neroccio: Two Madonnas and an Altarpiece", in The Burlington Magazine, 75, December 1939, p. 235, reproduced plate II b (as Neroccio, after 1492);
G. Coor, Neroccio de' Landi, 1447–1500, Princeton 1961, pp. 71, 83 cat. no. 286, pp. 90–91, 105, 107 no. 375, pp. 173–174, no. 31, reproduced fig. 69 (as Workshop of Neroccio, possibly by Mariotto da Volterra, after 1492);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London,\ 1968, vol. I, p. 292 (as "in great part" by Neroccio);
B.B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Cambridge, Mass. 1972, pp. 148, 332, 379, 433, 608 (as Neroccio de' Landi);
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, p. 56, reproduced plate 67 (as Neroccio and workshop, dating to the 1490s);
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Born Before 1865, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1980, p. 135, reproduced vol. II, p. 72, fig, 41.100.18;
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Born Before 1865, A Summary Catalogue, New York 1995, p. 63, reproduced fig. 41.100.18.

Catalogue Note

George H. Edgell was first to date this Madonna and Child with Saints Michael and Bernardino of Siena to the end of Neroccio's career, considering it to have been completed in the 1490s (see Literature).  The painting is stylistically comparable with Neroccio's Madonna, now in the Galleria Nazionale, Siena (inv. no. 278), which is signed and dated, 1492.  While certain passages appear to have been painted by Neroccio's workshop assistants, the engaging figure of the Christ Child, with his beautifully molded flesh and dynamic pose, was almost certainly executed by the master himself.
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