Lippo d' Andrea
- Lippo d' Andrea
- The Madonna and Child enthroned with Saints John the Baptist and Francis of Assisi and two angels
- tempera, oil and gold on panel, with a shaped top, with a later engaged frame
- 38 5/8 by 22 3/4 in.; 98.2 by 57.7 cm.
There acquired by the present collector.
This painting was first ascribed to the “Pseudo-Ambrogio di Baldese” by Mina Gregori in an expertise retained in the Fondazione Zeri archive.3 At that time the master had been erroneously identified as a separate artist, Ventura di Moro, who was active in the ambit of Lippo d’Andrea circa 1420-1480. Pisani dates this painting to around 1440, noting that the drapery folds and the face of the Virgin correspond of those in the artist’s Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist, Catherine of Alexandria, John the Evangelist and Dorothy of a similar date, in the Courtauld Institute Galleries, London (inv. no. P.1947.LF.202).4
We are grateful to Linda Pisani for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs.
1. For more information on the artist see L. Pisani, “Pittura tardogotica a Firenze negli anni trenta del Quattrocento: il caso dello ‘Pseudo Ambrogio di Baldese,’” in Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, XLV, 2001, pp.1-36.
2. L. Pisani, written expertise, a copy of which is available from the department upon request.
3. See entry number 10703.