Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi, called Scheggia
- Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi, called Scheggia
- The Madonna and Child with a host of musical angels
- tempera on panel, gold ground
- 58 1/8 by 50 1/2 in.; 147.6 by 128.3 cm.
By whom sold ('Property of the Trustees of Ushaw College'), London, Sotheby's, 19 April 1989, lot 1 (as by Francesco d'Antonio), for £95,000;
Anonymous sale ('Property from a Private Collection'), London, Christie's, 10 July 1992, lot 40 (as by Scheggia);
Anonymous sale ('Property from a Private Collection'), London, Sotheby's, 7 July 2004, lot 39 (as by Francesco d'Antonio);
Private collection, UK;
By whom anonymously sold, London, Sotheby's, 9 December 2009, lot 24 (as by Scheggia);
There acquired by the present collector.
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Florentine School, London 1963, vol. I, p. 63 (as by Francesco d'Antonio);
S. Dell' Orso in M. Natale (ed.), Pittura italiana dal '300 al '500, Milan 1991, p. 120, reproduced (as by Francesco d'Antonio);
L. Bellosi & M. Haines, Lo Scheggia, Florence-Siena 1999, p. 77, reproduced (as by Scheggia).
From December 1420 and throughout the following year Lo Scheggia is recorded as a pupil of Bicci di Lorenzo although he was in regular contact with Masaccio's workshop, often collaborating with it, and indeed in 1427-28 he shared his brother's studio in Piazza Sant' Apollinare (now Piazza San Firenze). In 1430 he enrolled in the Compagnia di San Luca where he became known as 'Scheggia' (literally 'splinter'), a nickname given on account of his slight stature.
The strong influence of both Fra Angelico and Masaccio in the present panel would indicate, as Bellosi suggests, that this is a youthful work by Lo Scheggia, datable to the 1420s.