Property from an English Private Collection
CIRCLE OF ANDREA DI ALOIGI DI APOLLONIO DA ASSISI, CALLED L'INGEGNO
Madonna and Child
tempera on panel
61 x 43.7 cm.; 24 x 17⅛ in.
The panel is uncradled, very slightly bowed, and stable. The paint surface is clean, and the varnish is clear and even. There is an area of retouching just visible to the naked eye in the landscape just right of the Madonna measuring 1 x 5cm. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals extensive retouching to the faces of Christ and the Madonna, Christ's chest and outstretched arm, in the upper half of the landscape, and throughout the sky, including to the form of a halo that formerly surrounded the Madonna's head - the incised lines of which are faintly visible to the naked eye. Further more sparse retouchings are found through the rest of Christ's body, the Madonna's hand, and in the balustrade. This campaign has been sensitively carried out so that the image appears bright, fresh and legible without a need for any further intervention and ready to hang. Offered in a plain carved and gilt wood frame with punch mark decoration with some losses.
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St Edward's Church, Mottingham, London;
With Richard Philp, London, 1995;
Clarence C. Day, Memphis, Tennessee;
By whose Estate sold, New York, Sotheby’s, 27 January 2011, lot 249.
We are grateful to Professor Filippo Todini for his assistance in bringing to our attention a panel with the same composition, and of similar dimensions, attributed to L'Ingegno in The Denver Art Museum, and previously in the collection of Samuel H. Kress.(1)
1 Inv. no. 1961.165