Examples of other paintings by Costa from his later period in Bologna are The Marriage of the Virgin in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna (inv. no. 585) and the Adoration of the Child last seen at auction in London, Christie's, 10 July 1992, lot 43.1 Similar to the present lot, the landscape in these works creates a sense of distance as it extends beyond the figures in the foreground. The thin, towering tree with sparse leaves is a motif shared between these paintings. Furthermore, the extended foot with the big toe slightly separated from the rest of the toes is seen in this painting and the one in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. Even as Costa further developed as an artist, these elements continue to appear in his works.
We are grateful to Professor Emilio Negro and Dr. Nicosetta Roio for endorsing the attribution on the basis of photographs. They date this painting to circa 1505.
1. See E. Negro and N. Roio, Lorenzo Costa: 1460-1535, Modena 2001, pp. 116-117, cat. nos. 44-45, reproduced.
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