MASTER OF MARRADI
active in Florence during the second half of the 15th Century
The Madonna Annunciate; The Angel Gabriel
a pair, both oil on panel, tondi, framed as one
each: 14.4 x 14.4 cm.; 5⅝ x 5⅝ in.
Both panels are uncradled, flat and stable. Both paint surfaces are slightly dirty and both varnishes are discoloured. There is some very minor frame abrasion in a few places along the edges. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals few pinprick retouchings scattered in Gabriel's robe and face. There are more concentrated areas in the Madonna tondo: in her neck, bosom, the lower section of her blue robe, and in the chest on the left. In overall good condition.
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This pupil of Domenico Ghirlandaio, active in Florence during the second half of the fifteenth century, had been called Maestro Tondo by Roberto Longhi after the rounded faces of his figures, but was renamed by Zeri in 1963. His name comes from the town of Marradi, to the north-east of Florence, where he worked in the monastic community, and where five of his works can be found.
We are grateful to Dr. Nicoletta Pons for endorsing the attribution on the basis of digital images.