Lot 107
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MASTER OF PEREA | Virgin and Child with Saints Barbara and Lucy

20,000 - 30,000 USD
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  • Virgin and Child with Saints Barbara and Lucy
  • oil on panel
  • 50 7/8  by 26 1/2  in.; 129.2 by 67.3 cm.


Johanna Zeckel (1910-2005), New York.

Catalogue Note

The eponymous work of the "Master of Perea" is the Altarpiece of the Three Kings originally commissioned by Don Pedro Perea's widow, Doña Violante de Santa Pau y Centelles, two years after her husband's death in 1491 for a chapel in the convent of Santo Domingo, Valencia. The altarpiece is now in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Valencia and initiates a new style of painting previously unseen in Spain. The artist combines the rigid traditions of early Spanish art with the classical revival of Italian art and natural representations of early Netherlandish art. The oeuvre of the Master of the Perea consists of several works kept in distinguished museums and private collections like the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid and the Puig Palau collection, Barcelona. This painting dates to the first quarter of the 16th century and was likely the central panel of a Marian altarpiece. Several characteristics indicate that this painting was by the hand of the Master of the Perea, such as the way the hairlines are parted in the middle. This is consistent with the Virgin's hair in the aforementioned altarpiece now in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Valencia. The intricate design of the Virgin's mantle, both luminous yet tangible, remains the same between the two paintings with embroidery of precious gems and pearls at the edge.

We are grateful to Dr. José Gómez Frechina for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present lot.