Luisa Vertova was the first to associate this panel with the others of the series depicting Faith and Charity, they having been first ascribed to Andrea di Niccolò by Federico Zeri in 1958.3 Vatne has dated them to circa 1495-1500, a period during which series of this type were particularly popular. Vatne also notes the close similarity of the pose of this figure of Hope with that of Donatello’s magnificent and fluid bronze sculpture of Hope, one of six figures of the virtues that were commissioned for the baptismal font in the Baptistry in Siena.4 The two figures are alike in their uplifted faces and arms, the positioning of the palms of the hands, and the positioning of the feet.
1. Vatne 1990, p. 268, cat. no. 25 and p. 270, cat. no. 27
2. Kanter, 1988, p. 346
3. Written communication with the owners of Faith and Charity dated 5 July 1958, cited in the 2012 auction catalogue
4. Vatne 1990, p. 192
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