CIRCLE OF DIEGO DE SILOÉ (CIRCA 1490-1553) AND FELIPE VIGARNY (CIRCA 1470-1542), SPANISH, BURGOS, CIRCA 1520-1525 | SAINT ANNE WITH THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 GBP
CIRCLE OF DIEGO DE SILOÉ (CIRCA 1490-1553) AND FELIPE VIGARNY (CIRCA 1470-1542)
SPANISH, BURGOS, CIRCA 1520-1525
SAINT ANNE WITH THE VIRGIN AND CHILD
partially gilt and polychromed alabaster
Overall the condition of the alabaster is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few reattachments with original pieces: the top of Saint Anne’s headdress, and Christ’s proper right foot and His mother’s proper right hand. There is an area of composite restoration to the back of Saint Anne’s headdress. Saint Anne’s proper left foot is lost and the front right corner of the base is lost. There are various small chips and losses to the drapery including to the edge of the swathe at Saint Anne’s proper left thigh. There are various minor nicks and abrasions to some of the high points. The tip of the Virgin’s nose is lost. There is glue to Saint Anne’s nose and a possible loss to the tip. There is veining to the alabaster throughout consistent with the material. There are chips to Saint Anne’s proper right fingers. The gilding appears to be original but may be refreshed.
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private collection, Spain
This beautifully carved group representing St Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child has been attributed by Dr Antoni José i Pitarch to a workshop linked to the celebrated Spanish Renaissance sculptors Diego de Siloé and Felipe Vigarny when they were both active in Burgos working on sculpture for the Chapel of the Constables (capilla de los Condestables) in Burgos Cathedral. St Anne became an important figure of veneration in Spain during the 16th century and the image of Anna Selbdritt or St Anne with the Virgin and the Christ Child was transferred to Spain from northern Europe by Flemish sculptors who worked in Castille and Andalusia. The present group has been executed on a small scale which creates a sense of preciousness. It embodies many of the advancements introduced to Spanish sculpture by Diego de Siloe who was described by the theorist Francisco de Hollanda (circa 1517/18-1584) as one of the seven 'eagles' of the Renaissance in Spain. Note the characteristic flowing drapery and the tactile nature of the figures. Compare with the group of the Virgin and St Joseph holding the Christ Child in the Altarpiece with the Circumcision from the Constables Chapel. Note also an alabaster relief from the circle of Vigarny, dated to circa 1530, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. A. 185-1919). This is carved with an image of the Pietà and shows the Virgin in a similar headdress which sweeps across the chest to the shoulder. The quality of the carving of the present group is very fine, and the alabaster has an attractive warm hue.
M. Trusted, Spanish Sculpture, A catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, pp. 31-38; M. B. Atienza (ed.), Guide Museo Nacional Colegio de San Gregorio, Valladolid, 2003, p. 61
An expertise by Dr Antoni José i Pitarch, University of Barcelona, is available upon request.