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Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere, formerly known as the Master of Santo Spirito

30,000 - 50,000 USD
68,750 USD
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  • Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere, formerly known as the Master of Santo Spirito
  • Portrait of a boy, half length, in a landscape, dressed in black robes and cap
  • oil on panel
  • 16 3/4  by 12 3/8  in.; 42.5 by 31.4 cm.


Hofrat Streber, Tölz;
From whom purchased by the grandparents of the present collector in 1930;
By descent to the present collector in 1977.


E. Fahy, Some Followers of Domenico Ghirlandaio, Harvard University Ph.D. thesis, New York and London 1976, p. 194 (as the Master of Santo Spirito).

Catalogue Note

This wistful portrait was first published by Everett Fahy in 1974 (see Literature) as the Master of Santo Spirito, a name given to the author of a group of paintings, including three altarpieces in the church of Santo Spirito, Florence.   Contemporary documents uncovered by Anna Padoa Rizzo and published in 1988 has since enabled the corpus to be associated with the Florentine workshop of two brothers, Agnolo and Donnino del Mazziere.1  

Agnolo appears to have been the better known of the two brothers and was mentioned by Vasari as having trained in the workshop of Cosimo Rosselli, though it seems likely Donnino also received his training there.  Agnolo was among the artists summoned by Michelangelo to Rome in 1507-1508 to confer over plans for the decoration of the Sistine chapel, which is testament to both his skill and renown among his contemporaries.  Vasari himself, in fact, owned a number of Agnolo's drawings, some of which he included in his Libro de' Disegni.  Distinguishing between the hands of the brothers has proved difficult since the two collaborated on many of their documented commissions.  

1. A. Padoa Rizzo, "Agnolo di Donnino: Nuovi documenti, le fonti e le possibile identificazione con il 'Maestro di Santo Spirito'," in Rassenga d'Arte, IV, 1988 pp. 125-168;