Lot 410
  • 410

Apollonio di Giovanni

100,000 - 150,000 USD
87,500 USD
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  • Apollonio di Giovanni
  • Scenes from the story of Paris
  • tempera on panel
  • 15 3/4  by 60 3/4  in.; 40 by 153.6 cm


Giovanni P. Morosini, Riverdale-on-Hudson, until 1932;
By descent to his daughter, Miss Giulia Morosini, Riverdale-on-Hudson;
By whom bequethed to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;
By whom de-accessioned, New York, Christie's, 15 October 1992, lot 13, where acquired by a private collector.


E.S. King, "The Legend of Paris and Helen," in Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, ii, 1939, pp. 61 ff (as Apollonio di Giovanni);
H.B. Wehle, "The Bequest of Giulia P. Morosini; Paintings and Miniatures", in Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, xxxiv, 1939, pp. 19-20 (as Apollonio di Giovanni);
H.B. Wehle and M. Salinger, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings, New York 1940, p. 39 (as an unknown Florentine painter, third quarter of the 15th century);
N.B. Rodney, "The Judgement of Paris," in Metropolitan Museum Bulletin, XI, 1952, reproduced p. 59 (as Apollonio di Giovanni);
F. Zeri and E. Gardner, Italian Paintings: Florentine School, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1971, pp. 103-05, reproduced (as Apollonio di Giovanni);
B. Fredericksen and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, New York 1972, p. 12 (as a studio work);
E. Callmann, Apollonio di Giovanni, Oxford 1974, pp. 66-67, cat. no. 32, reproduced fig. 176 and a detail fig. 248 (as Apollonio di Giovanni);
K. Baetjer, European Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 1980, vol. I, p. 115, reproduced vol. II, p. 19 (as Apollonio di Giovanni).

Catalogue Note

When the panel was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art it was attached to a nineteenth-century chest, along with two damaged end panels by a different hand, possibly by Marco del Buono (1402-1489), which was taken apart in 1938. When this cassone was in the Morsini collection (see Provenance), it used to hang alongside Apollonio di Giovanni's Meeting of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (lot 404 in this sale) but there is not indication that they are a natural pair. Despite their comparable dimensions, the subjects have little in common.

The story of Paris was rarely depicted in Apollonio's extensive catalogue. The scenes depicted here are those of the Judgement of Paris; Menelaus and Agamemnon sailing away; Helen sailing to the Isle of Cythera; the feast of Aphrodite; the meeting of Helen and Paris.