The corpus of Pietro di Domenico is grouped around two signed paintings — a Nativity with Saints Martin and Galganus in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Siena, and a Madonna and Child with Saints Jerome and John the Baptist, in the City Art Gallery, York (inv. no. YORAG:730). He was born in Siena in 1457, however there is some confusion concerning the date of his death with suggestions ranging from 1501 to as late as 1533. A certain “Pietro di Domenico dipintore,” who entered the Confraternità di San Girolamo in 1497 and died in 1501, is perhaps most plausibly identifiable as the artist.2 The inclusion of Saint Jerome, the confraternity’s eponymous figure, in so many of Pietro di Domenico’s works would appear to substantiate his identification as the painter in the confraternity record.3 In addition, Pietro Orioli, with whom the artist is closely related and whose influence is evident in his more mature works, was a member of the same confraternity.4 Pietro di Domenico likely received his initial training in the shop of Benvenuto di Giovanni, however the works of Francesco di Giorgio and Matteo di Giovanni also influenced the young painter.
1. Based on information provided by the present owner.
2. S. Padovani and B. Santi, Buonconvento: Museo d’arte sacra della Val d’Arbia, Genoa 1981, p. 40.
3. K. Christiansen et al., Painting in Renaissance Siena: 1420 - 1500, exhibition catalogue, New York 1988, p. 345.
1 Based on information provided by the present owner.
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