GENOESE SCHOOL, 15TH CENTURY | THE MADONNA AND CHILD
10,000 - 15,000 USD
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CATALOGUE NOTE AND CONDITION REPORT OF THE PRESENT LOT HAVE BEEN UPDATED.
Property of Sotheby's Sold Without Reserve
GENOESE SCHOOL, 15TH CENTURY
THE MADONNA AND CHILD
tempera and gold on panel, unframed
panel: 24½ by 18¼ in.; 61.4 by 46.5 cm
The vertically grained wood panel support has two modern crossbars and an Italian-style structural intervention on the reverse: channels have been cut into the wood and intermittently filled with small pieces of new wood. The painting was recently cleaned in an area which exposed the open eye underneath at left, suggesting that the painting was likely overpainted in the late 19th / early 20th century. Other spots of cleaning are visible at bottom left. Inspection under UV reveals a masking varnish on the areas uncleaned.
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Bruno Canto, Milan;
In the present collection since at least 1963.
This anonymous painter shows the influence of the Genoese master Donato de' Bardi. The sculptural quality of the molded flesh, the roundness of the Madonna's face and the precise, linear treatment of her downcast eyes all recall de' Bardi's Saint Stephen, formerly in the Cicogna Mozzoni collection, Milan.(1) This painting was cleaned recently, which revealed the open eye underneath. The overpaint was likely done at some point in the 19th/20th Century.
1. F. Zeri, Diario di Lavoro, Turin 1976, p. 48, reproduced figs. 41 and 43 in detail.