Lot 123
  • 123

Workshop of Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli

Estimate
120,000 - 160,000 USD
Sold
275,000 USD
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Description

  • Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, called Sandro Botticelli
  • The Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist
  • oil on panel, a tondo
  • diameter: 33 1/4  in.; 84.5 cm.

Catalogue Note

This charming Madonna and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist is one of four known versions of this composition, with minor variations, all of which are most likely based on the same unknown prototype.  Two of the other versions, also given to Botticelli’s workshop, were likewise executed in a tondo format, including one in a private collection which formed part of the 2016 Botticelli Reimagined exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and another, formerly in the Hay collection, Washington DC, sold in these rooms in 1994.1  The third version, in an upright rectangular format, is now considered an autograph work from late in Botticelli’s career and can be found in the Museum of Fine Art, Boston (fig. 1; inv. no. 95.1372).2


1. The former sold New York, Sotheby’s, 29 January 2015, lot 125, see M. Evans and S. Weppelmann, Botticelli Reimagined, London 2016, p. 269, cat. no. 119, reproduced; the latter sold New York, Sotheby’s, 14 January 1994, lot 4.
2. For the Boston panel see L. Kanter, Italian Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1997, p. 176, cat. no. 52.
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