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The attribution of this painting to the Master of the Chigi-Saracini Desco was first proposed in Maccherini's article of 1991 (see Literature), and we are grateful to Andrea De Marchi for further endorsing the attribution on inspection of images. The eponymous work is a desco depicting the Nativity.1 The artist is defined by his quick, uncertain brushwork and resulting distinctive style, as well as his unique use of colours; particularly of reds and oranges. Around this Nativity Maccherini was able to gather a group of nine more small-scale works which are now attributed to the same hand.
The painting hanging on the far wall of this interior scene, just visible behind the post of the bed of Saint Anne, is thought by Maccherini (see Literature) to depict the central motif of Domenico Beccafumi’s Nativity in the Chruch of San Martino, Siena.2
1. See Maccherini 1991, p. 20, cat. no. 7, reproduced p. 21.
2. See G. Agosti et. al., Domenico Beccafumi e il suo tempo, Milan 1990, p. 146, cat. no. 19, reproduced p. 147.
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