BERNARDINO FUNGAI | CHRIST SUPPORTED BY TWO ANGELS
Property of a Private Collector
Siena 1460 - 1516
CHRIST SUPPORTED BY TWO ANGELS
signed lower edge: OPVS.BENNADINI FVNGHARII.DESENIS
tempera on panel
13 by 13 in.; 33 by 33 cm.
The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
This work is painted on a panel with two wooden battens on the reverse running vertically on the left and right. An old cradle was removed for these supports, and the panel is flat and stable.
The paint layer is in very good condition. Retouches are sparingly applied in the torso of Christ, most notably to a loss in his breast and armpit on his right side, and one in his elbow on the left side. Both angels seem to be in particularly good condition. There are hardly any retouches in the blue sky or landscape beyond. In the marble casket, the only restoration of any note is in the lower right corner between the D and E of "DESENIS".
The work should be hung in its current state.
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Monasterio di S. Eugenio, Siena;
With Wildenstein Arte S.A., Florida and Buenos Aires, 1955 - 1969;
From whom acquired by private collector;
By whom sold, New York, Christie's, 7 February 2013, lot 265;
B. Berenson, The Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance, London, 1909, p. 173, as in the Monasterio di S. Eugenio, Siena;
J.A. Crowe and G.B. Cavalcaselle, A New History of Painting in Italy from the II to the XVI Century, London, 1909, p. 356, under no. 2, as in the Monasterio di S. Eugenio, Siena;
B. Berenson, Italian pictures of the Renaissance: a list of the principal artists and their works with an index of places, Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London, 1968, I, p. 151; II, fig. 932 (as ex-Monistero di S. Eugenio).
Bernard Berenson first identified this confidently signed painting in 1909 as coming from the right chapel of the Monasterio di San Eugenio in Siena. The painting apparently remained in situ until the mid-twentieth century and is typical of Fungai’s late style with its directness. The center of a predella panel depicting the same subject as the present lot was sold at Christie's New York, 11 January 1991, lot 5, and has been linked to four other panels originally made for Fungai’s masterpiece, the Coronation of the Virgin in the Basilica of San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, Siena.