GREEK MASTER, ACTIVE IN VENICE, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 16TH CENTURY | Madonna and Child with Saints Peter and Apollonia
The Property of a Gentleman
The Property of a Gentleman
GREEK MASTER, ACTIVE IN VENICE, SECOND QUARTER OF THE 16TH CENTURY
MADONNA AND CHILD WITH SAINTS PETER AND APOLLONIA
oil and gold on panel, unframed
unframed: 39.8 x 51.7 cm.; 15⅝ x 20⅜ in.
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The panel is cradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is relatively dirty with a discoloured varnish. There are a handful of old splits in the panel, notably to a vertical split, starting just left of centre on the lower margin, measuring 17 cm. There are a few areas of tenting with associated small paint losses, notably along the right margin, in the Christ Child's halo, and just to the left of the Madonna's shoulder. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching along the aforementioned vertical split, tiny spots of retouching scattered in the Madonna's face, and further small spots scattered throughout the rest of the composition, with a notable area in the lower left corner, and just above Christ's head. In overall fair condition.
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Palazzo Passionei Paciotti, Urbino;
Anonymous sale, Rome, Ansuini Aste, 26 June 2018, lot 82 (as Attributed to Ioannis Permeniatis).
Many elements of this painting – the horizontal format, colourful palette, the choice of subject matter with the Madonna’s high throne covered in rich material, and the evocation of dawn in the background, not to mention the stylised branches of the trees and the figures themselves – point towards the hand of an icon painter, most probably Greek, working in Venice in the first half of the 16th century. Such an artist was undoubtedly influenced by the work of Angelos and Donatos Bizamanos, and Ioannis Permeniatis, who studied and assimilated Italian painting to create a synthesis with Byzantine tradition. We are grateful to Professor Michele Bacci for his assistance in the cataloguing of this lot.