Lot 109
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BICCI DI LORENZO | Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Peter

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 USD
Sold
75,000 USD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Madonna and Child with Saints John the Baptist and Peter
  • tempera and gold ground on panel, with a shaped top, in a carved and gilt tabernacle frame with paired Solomonic columns

Provenance

With Alessandra di Castro Antichità, Rome;
From whom acquired by the present owner in 2010.

Catalogue Note

Born in Florence, Bicci di Lorenzo trained with his father, Lorenzo di Bicci, eventually taking over their thriving workshop which he, in turn, passed on to his son, Neri di Bicci. His earliest dated work, of 1414, is a triptych in the church of San Lorenzo a Porciano in Stia, outside Florence. Despite all the artistic innovations taking place in Florence in the early 15th century, Bicci di Lorenzo did not adopt any of the newer stylistic trends, instead adhering closely to the traditional Gothic treatment of his subjects for the duration of his career. This panel depicting the Madonna and Child flanked by Saint John the Baptist and Saint Peter is datable to the 1420s or 1430s. It can be compared to another work by the artist, formerly in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and sold in these Rooms, depicting the Madonna and Child with Saint Matthew and Saint Francis.1 That picture, which is dated to the 1430s, shows a very similar placement of the figures and use of intricately designed fabric as a decorative element. The roses in the upper background of the present work are a slightly later addition, no doubt reflecting the taste of a particular owner.

1.  New York, Sotheby’s, 31 January 2013, lot 5.

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