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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUND OF THE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

Workshop of Sano di Pietro, possibly attributed to Francesco di Giorgio
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH TWO ANGELS
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUND OF THE SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF ART

Workshop of Sano di Pietro, possibly attributed to Francesco di Giorgio
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH TWO ANGELS
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Workshop of Sano di Pietro, possibly attributed to Francesco di Giorgio
SIENA 1405 - 1481
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH TWO ANGELS
tempera on panel, gold ground
20 7/8  by 15 in.; 53 by 38.1 cm.
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Provenance

Possibly a Tuscan convent, until 1936 (according to Jacob M. Heimann);
With Jacob M. Heimann, New York, by 1936-1946;
From whom acquired by Anne R. and Amy Putnam, San Diego;
By whom gifted to the Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, 1946 (inv. no. 1946.42).

Literature

J. G. Andrews, A catalogue of European paintings, 1300-1870, San Diego 1947, p. 28 (as Sano di Pietro);
The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue, San Diego 1960, p. 57 (as Sano di Pietro);
B. Frederickson and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1972, pp. 182, 321 (as follower of Sano di Pietro);
M. Knauf, Sano di Pietro's Madonna Panels: A Survey and Catalogue Raisonné of his Madonna and Child Pictures for Private Devotion, Ph.D. thesis, Indiana University 1998, p. 434 (as not by Sano di Pietro);
J. Marciari, Italian, Spanish, and French Paintings before 1850 in the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego 2015, pp. 94-95, cat. no. 15, reproduced (as Follower of Sano di Pietro).

Catalogue Note

This tender depiction of a Madonna and Child with two angels follows a model by the Sienese artist, Sano di Pietro, and is a fine example of the related work that was produced by artist's prolific workshop.  It has been suggested that the authorship of the present panel could be given to Francesco di Giorgio, an artist considered by some to have trained with Vecchietta, but more recently considered by others to have been active in Sano di Pietro’s workshop.  The work bears the punchmarks of the tools that Sano inherited from Sassetta, as well as those used also by both Sano and Francesco di Giorgio.  Francesco di Giorgio has also been suggested as responsible for a number of closely comparable works, including one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,1 one in the Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge,2 and one formerly in the Kress Collection and now in the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.3 

It was presumably around 1450, the year in which Saint Bernardino was canonized, that Sano di Pietro was commissioned to paint numerous images of this patron saint of Siena.  This historical event sparked the popularity within Sano's workshop of small devotional panels depicting the Madonna and Child that were sometimes flanked by Saint Bernardino and other times flanked simply by angels, as is the case in the present composition.  In this painting, the motifs of the angels' heads  placed directly above the Madonna and Child to framing the figures below are typical of the artist's workshop, as are the garlands of flowers atop the angels' heads.  These garlands, along with the Madonna and Child, are rendered with such care and delicacy that it is no surprise why such compositions were highly sought after during and after the Sano di Pietro's lifetime.

We are grateful to Professor Laurence Kanter for his assistance in cataloguing this lot and for suggesting a possible attribution to Francesco di Giorgio. 

1. Inv. no. 1975.1.39, tempera on panel, 54.9 by 35.9 cm.  See K. Baetjer. European Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art by Artists Born before 1865: A Summary Catalogue, New York 1995, p. 59.
2. Inv. no. 1958.284, tempera on panel, 46.5 by 28.6 cm. See Loan Exhibition of the Arts of the Italian Renaissance, exhibition catalogue, New York 1923, p. 7, cat. no. 20, reproduced. 
3. Inv. no. 61.025.000, tempera on panel, 73.4 by 46.4 cm.  See F.R. Shapley, Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H. Kress Collection, Italian Paintings, XIII-XV Century, London 1966, p. 153, reproduced fig. 414.

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