Lot 131
  • 131

Master of the Castello Nativity

30,000 - 40,000 USD
37,500 USD
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  • Master of the Castello Nativity
  • The Madonna and Child Enthroned
  • oil and gold on panel
  • 34 5/8  by 22 7/8  in.; 88 by 58.1 cm.


Bruno Canto, Milan, 1943-44;
In the present collection since at least 1963.


C. Lachi, Il Maestro della Natività di Castello, Florence 1995, p. 115, cat. no. 32, reproduced p. 167, fig. 48.

Catalogue Note

Named by Bernard Berenson after a painting from the Medici villa at Castello, the Master of the Castello Nativity was likely a pupil of Fra Filippo Lippi and was later an associate of Pesellino.1  In her 1995 monograph, Chiara Lachi identified the anonymous painter as Piero di Lorenzo di Pratese, who is documented as having formed a commercial partnership with Pesellino in 1453 alongside Zanobi del Migliore.2  Lachi dates the present painting to the late 1470s.

We are grateful to Professors Andrea De Marchi, Mattia Vinco and Laurence Kanter for endorsing the attribution.

1. The eponymous Nativity is now in the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, (inv. no. 171).
2. C. Lachi, under Literature, pp. 21-24; for more on the proposed identification see L. Kanter and P. Palladino, Fra Angelico, exhibition catalogue, New York and New Haven 2005, p. 287, note 8.