Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve
GIOVANNI ANTONIO DA PESARO
Pesaro, circa 1415-1478
tempera and gold ground on panel
16½ by 11¼ in.; 42 by 28.5 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Karen Thomas of Thomas Art Conservation LLC., 336 West 37th Street, Suite 830, New York, NY 10018, 212-564-4024, email@example.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This painting is in sound condition overall. Given the age of the picture, it presents nicely with a strong sense of detail. There appears to be more than one campaign of retouching on the painting, some of which may have been applied to correct earlier retouches. Although most of the retouching has been carried out in a mimetic style, two losses in the bottom corners have been reintegrated with a minutely hatched selezione cromatica technique that has darkened slightly over time. The majority of the restoration appears to exist in the garments, where it compensates for losses in the dark blues and agerelated fading in the red glazes. Light scumbles focus on knitting together wear in the flesh passages of the Christ figure, while contours in the flanking figures have been strengthened, and glazing added to heighten saturation, for example in the pink tones in the faces. A vertical crack right of center, repaired, can be seen in raking light. Wear to the gold leaf is consistent with the age of the painting. A spring strainer fitted with tongue-in-groove wooden inserts has been attached to the reverse of the panel to provide additional support while allowing the wood to move in response to fluctuations in the environmental conditions. The panel displays a slight convex horizontal warp.
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With Vittore Franscione, Florence, by 1944;
Private collection, Florence, by 1950;
Private Piemontese collection, by circa 1950-1960;
Anonymous sale, Milan, Porro & Co., 25 November 2009, lot 3;
Venice, Mostra Nazionale Antiquaria: Quattrocento pitture inedite, 1947, no. 15;
Bologna, Mostra della Pittura Bolognese del Trecento, May - October 1950, no. 107 (as possibly by Giovanni da Modena);
Verbania, Mostra di antiche pitture e di scultura contemporanea, 1960.
R. Longhi, Lavori in Valpadana dal Trecento al primo Cinquecento. 1934-1964, Pittura bolognese ed emiliana del Trecento, Florence 1973, p. 166;
C. Volpe, La pittura nell'Emilia e nella Romagna. Raccolta di scritti sul Trecento e Quattrocento, Modena 1993, p. 69-70, reproduced fig. 124 (as Attributed to Giovanni da Modena);
M. Minardi, in The Alana Collection: Italian Paintings from the 14th to 16th Century, vol. 3, Florence 2014, pp. 117-124, cat. no. 17, reproduced (as dated to the 1430s).
Although once ascribed to the Bolognese artist Giovanni da Modena, this painting is consistent with the youthful output of his student, Giovanni Antonio da Pesaro. It visually compares to a tradition that arose during the late Gothic period in Bologna, and it should be dated to to circa 1440, before the young artist's return to the Marches.