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The Gualino Pesellinesque Master
THE MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED WITH SAINTS JOHN THE BAPTIST, PAUL, NICOLAS OF BARI AND GEORGE
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LOT SOLD. 212,500 USD
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The Gualino Pesellinesque Master
THE MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED WITH SAINTS JOHN THE BAPTIST, PAUL, NICOLAS OF BARI AND GEORGE
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 212,500 USD
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The Gualino Pesellinesque Master
ACTIVE MID-15TH CENTURY
THE MADONNA AND CHILD ENTHRONED WITH SAINTS JOHN THE BAPTIST, PAUL, NICOLAS OF BARI AND GEORGE
tempera on panel, gold ground with an arched top
33 1/4  by 20 in.; 84.3 by 50.7 cm.
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Provenance

Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Graham, Washington, Indiana;
By whom donated to the Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art, Loyola University, Chicago, Il., before 1973;
With Schaeffer Galleries, New York, 1979;
With Harari and Johns Ltd., London.

Literature

D.F. Rowe, "The Martin D'Arcy Gallery of Art, Loyola University of Chicago," in Art Journal, vol. 32, no. 4, Summer 1973, p. 436, reproduced p. 436, fig. 17 and p. 433, fig. 1 (as Florentine School, 15th century).

Catalogue Note

Of an impressive size and beautifully preserved, this anconetta depicts the Madonna and Child enthroned surrounded by Saints John the Baptist, Paul, Nicolas of Bari and George. The robust figures of the Madonna and Child and the precise attention to detail are typical of painters in the mid-15th Century in Florence.  Indeed, the continuing influence of such masters as Fra Angelico can still be seen in the present work, and elements of the composition are reminiscent of artists like Apollonio di Giovanni (1414-1465) and Domenico di Michelino (1417-1491), to whom the painting has been attributed in the past.

Federico Zeri considered the picture to be distinctive enough to form part of a group of paintings he gave to an artist called the “Gualino Pesellinesque Master,” a painter active in the mid 15th Century whom he christened after a Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Anthony Abbot in the Gualino collection, now in the Galleria Sabauda, Turin (inv. 654).  That painting also shows the Madonna enthroned and seated on a dais with a circular step before her, the foreground also painted in the same faux marble technique.  Zeri included only five pictures in this grouping, all of them depicting the Madonna in majesty, and all but one flanked by various saints.  The influence of Pesellino is present in all, although some scholars have not fully recognized Zeri's grouping.  Indeed, tentative attributions for the present work to Apollonio di Giovanni and the Master of the Castello Nativity have been suggested.

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