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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK COLLECTION

Emilian School, Third Quarter 16th Century
THE MADONNA AND CHILD
Estimate
30,00050,000
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186

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK COLLECTION

Emilian School, Third Quarter 16th Century
THE MADONNA AND CHILD
Estimate
30,00050,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Emilian School, Third Quarter 16th Century
THE MADONNA AND CHILD

Provenance

Sir George Allen, K.C.I.E., London;
Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 1 July 1927, lot 142 (as Parmigianino) to Colnaghi;
Anonymous sale ("The Property of a Gentleman"), London, Christie's, April 9, 1990, lot 72 (as circle of Pietro Faccini);
There purchased by a private collector;
By whom anonymously sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 27-28 January 2008, lot 116;
There acquired by the present collector.

Catalogue Note

Of high quality and distinctive handling, this work has so far eluded a secure attribution.  The composition betrays an awareness of Emilian painting of the first half of the 16th Century, with traces of both Bolognese and Parmese elements, though it has also been suggested that it may also display Tuscan influences.  

The design is in fact recorded in a print by Mariano Bovi, which appears in the same orientation as the present canvas, although the background of the print lacks the drapery and window found in the painting.  The print is after a painting formerly in the collection of Sir William Hamilton by 1784, when it was attributed to Parmigianino.1 

This same attribution to Parmigianino was applied to the present painting when it was in the collection of Sir George Allen, although when it was sold at auction in 1990, it was given to an artist in the circle of Faccini.  The distinctive handling lends itself to attributions to these two very different, idiosyncratic artists.   It may be that the painting is from a less known phase of a particular artist's work, and in fact an attribution to the early phase of Federico Barocci's career has also been suggested.

1. See M. Mussini and G.M. De Rubeis, Parmigianino tradotto, Milan 2003, cat. no. 442.

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