Property from a Private Collection
MICHELE TOSINI, CALLED MICHELE DI RIDOLFO DEL GHIRLANDAIO
(Florence 1503 - 1577)
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
oil on panel
33 by 26¾ in.; 83.8 by 67.9 cm.
The panel is slightly convex and is backed with a board covered in canvas to stabilize it in its frame. A colorful image reads well and the paint surface is relatively well preserved. Thin craquelure is visible in Mary’s skirt but is stable. 3 small points of loss are visible at St. John’s knee and one point between Jesus’ legs, though none are distracting. An inconsistency in the paint texture and coloration about 6 inches long in the area of Mary’s torso is likely an old repair. Under UV inspection, the varnish appears milky and the aforementioned area and some folds in Mary’s skirt fluoresce unevenly. A second area of restoration, also about 6 inches in length, is visible in the landscape at right. A few lines of retouching are visible in St. John’s hair. Offered in a decoratively carved gilt wood frame with black inner liner, which has a small loss on the top edge.
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Norton Galleries, before 1955;
Where purchased by Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., Norfolk, 1955;
His sale, New York, Sotheby's, 1 June 1989, lot 19;
Where acquired by Heidi Chin;
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 28 January 2000, lot 14;
On long-term loan to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, August 1973 - 1989
J.C. Harrison, "Italian Art - Fourteenth to Sixteenth Century," in The Chrysler Museum Gallery Guide, Norfolk 1987, p. 4, no. 7, reproduced.
Tosini's adopted name derives from the fact that he both trained and collaborated with Ridolfo Ghirlandaio in Florence. He later worked alongside Giorgio Vasari on the frescoes of the Salone dei Cinquecento in the Palazzo Vecchio. Tosini's version of Florentine mannerism, seen here in the exaggerated poses and musculature of the children, was popular among patrons. Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. was a passionate collector of fine and decorative arts, and had several important 16th- and 17th-century Italian paintings in his collection, including the present lot.