Lot 402
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Giovanni di Nicolò Bellini the Elder Giovanni di Nicolò Bellini the Elder

10,000 - 15,000 USD
11,875 USD
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  • Giovanni di Nicolò Bellini the Elder
  • The Pentecost
  • indistinctly inscribed on the scroll, lower center
  • tempera on panel
  • 9 by 6 3/4  in.; 22.7 by 17.2 cm.


With Fischer, Lucerne, in 1949 (as Master of the Montefortino Crucifixion).


C. Huter, "The Ceneda Master," in Arte Veneta, 27, 1973, pp. 26 and 36, note 20;
A. De Marchi, "Tavole veneziane, frescanti emiliani e miniatori bolognesi. Rapporti figurativi tra Veneto ed Emilia in età gotica," in S. Marinelli and A. Mazza (eds) La pittura emiliana nel Veneto, Modena 1999, pp. 38 and 44, note 132;
The painting will be including in upcoming article on Giovanni di Nicolò Bellini the Elder by C. Guerzi. 

Catalogue Note

Dr. Chiara Guerzi identified this painting as a new addition to the corpus of works by Giovanni di Nicolò Bellini il Vecchio, brother of Jacopo and uncle of Giovanni Bellini.  She recognized it as forming part of a dismembered complex which comprised two panels now in the collection of the Kress Foundation, New York (inv. nos. K135 and K136) depicting A Scene from the Life of a Saint and The Nativity and the Annunciation; a panel sold in these rooms in 2015, depicting the Virgin and Christ in Glory; and another which sold at Phillips London in 1995, depicting The Baptism of Christ.1  Dr. Guerzi dates these panels and the present lot to circa 1420. 

We are grateful to Dr. Chiara Guerzi for proposing the attribution on the basis of photographs.

1.  Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby's, 29 January 2015, lot 206; A. De Marchi, under Literature; Anonymous sale, London, Phillips, 5 December 1995, lot 156.