Sold Without Reserve | MASTER OF THE LAZZARONI MADONNA | VIR DOLORUM BETWEEN THE VIRGIN AND SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST; ON EITHER SIDE, THE ANNUNCIATE ANGEL AND VIRGIN
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection, Sold Without Reserve
MASTER OF THE LAZZARONI MADONNA
(active in Florence, c. 1375-1400)
VIR DOLORUM BETWEEN THE VIRGIN AND SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST; ON EITHER SIDE, THE ANNUNCIATE ANGEL AND VIRGIN
tempera on panel, gold ground
8¾ by 23 in.; 22.2 by 58.4 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 and free of significant losses. Due to the straightforward, simple technique, the painting holds together nicely in spite of scattered tiny losses. Some contours and shadows of the folds in the garments have been reinforced with restoration, and retouching knits together wear in the face of the Virgin, far right. The gold ground appears to have been regilt, which may indicate that some portion of the sgraffito cloth of honor behind the Virgin is new, as well as the contours of the figures overlapping the gold. A string of old cracks, stable, run the width of the panel through the middle of the horizontally-grained wood panel support, which has a mild vertical convex warp.
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Investment Art International, Dublin;
From whom acquired in 2013.
Richard Offner first isolated this anonymous artist under the pseudonym "Master of the Two Madonnas," and Klara Steinweg bestowed his current name based on the Madonna and Child with Two Angels formerly in the Lazzaroni collection, Paris . Active in the late trecento, the Master of the Lazzaroni Madonna completed the allegorical figures for the fresco in the Palazzo Comunale di San Miniato alongside Cenni di Francesco in 1393 .
This Vir dolorum displays stylistic affinites with the Madonna of Humility, Museé des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, and a painting of the same subject formerly in the Kisters collection, Basel, suggesting it, like the others, was executed in the artist's mature period . Sonia Chiodo has endorsed the attribution of this work to the Master of the Lazzaroni Madonna and dates it to the 1380s or later.
1. M. Boskovits, Pittura Fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento 1370-1400, Florence 1975, p. 239, note 169.
2. Ibid., p. 128, reproduced fig. 323.
3. Ibid., reproduced fig. 413.