Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve
MARCHIGIAN SCHOOL, LATE-15TH CENTURY
CHRIST AS MAN OF SORROWS
tempera on gold-ground panel, with a shaped top
6¾ by 7¼ in.; 17.1 by 18.2 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This painting is nicely preserved with a surface free of abrasion. The fluidity of the brushwork is unbroken by wear, and the tiny brushstrokes that build up the facial details, including the individual eyelashes, remain well-defined. Although there may be some reinforcement of the gilding, the gold ground displays a patina of age that is convincing and appropriate to the picture. Small areas of restoration include a cluster of small losses at the edge of the chest, right, and near the wound in Christ's side, as well as a few old, toned losses in the greenery at left. An isolated area of well-executed reconstruction along the bottom of the picture compensates for loss that could conceivably date to when the painting was removed from its original setting in a church; the loss includes a portion of the hand on the right and a good part of the front face of the tomb. The vertically grained wood support is planar and free of structural defects, and the surface is coated with a clear, even varnish. This painting may be displayed in its current state.
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Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, 1949-1963;
Heinz Kisters, Constanz;
His sale, London, Christie's, 26 June 1970, lot 11 (as circle of Ludovico Brea da Nizza);
Ian Woodner, New York;
By whose family sold ("Property from the Ian Woodner Family Collection"), New York, Christie's, 19 May 1993, lot 20 (as Marchigian School, circa 1480);
There acquired by a private collection, Switzerland;
Anonymous sale, Zurich, Koller Auktionen, 22 March 2013, lot 3002 (as Marchigian School, circa 1480);
Although the author of this small and expressive panel has yet to be identified, it closely compares to works painted in the Marche in the late 15th century such as a predella of circa 1475-1480 by the Marchigian artist Nicola di Maestro Antonio d'Ancona in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum .
1. Inv. no. 34.855, tempera on panel, 15.9 by 184.8 cm. See A de Marche and M. Mazzalupi, Pittori ad Ancona nel Quattrocento, Milan 2008, pp. 281-284, cat. no. 5, reproduced.