Lot 5
  • 5


150,000 - 200,000 GBP
162,500 GBP
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  • Benozzo Gozzoli
  • The Nativity
  • oil on panel


With Galleria Lorenzelli, Bergamo, by 1964; Private collection, Geneva, by 1976;

Thence by descent to the present collector.

Catalogue Note

Benozzo Gozzoli was among the protagonists of the Florentine Renaissance and is known to have collaborated with Fra Angelico on the famous frescoes in the convent of San Marco in Florence, as well as the chapel of San Brizio in Orvieto Cathedral. He also specialised in altarpieces and smaller panel paintings such as the present work, painted during his maturity. His most celebrated project is undoubtedly the Journey of the Magi, painted in fresco between 1459–61, which covers three walls of the private chapel of the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi in Florence. This signed work includes a self-portrait of Benozzo, alongside likenesses of several Medici family members, and is marked by a striking use of bold and vibrant colours. We are grateful to Professor Filippo Todini for endorsing the attribution and for proposing a date of execution of 1480–90, when the artist was working between Pisa and Pistoia. During this mature phase in his career Benozzo often relied in part on the assistance of his sons. Indeed, Todini proposes that the figures of Joseph and the Christ Child were painted by Benozzo's most gifted son, Alessio di Benozzo, also known as Maestro Esiguo and Alunno di Benozzo.