ATTRIBUTED TO PEDRO DE APONTE | THE NATIVITY
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
40,000 - 60,000 GBP
ATTRIBUTED TO PEDRO DE APONTE
Saragossa (?) circa 1475 – after 1530 Olite
oil on panel, arched top
unframed: 68.7 x 44.5 cm.; 27 x 17½ in.
framed: 104.8 x 83 cm.; 41¼ x 32¾ in.
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The panel is uncradled and very slightly bowed. The colours remain bright and vibrant, and there are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet reveals relatively little retouching. There appear to be two campaigns, one that fluoresces darkly, consisting of small spots largely scattered sparsely in the figures' flesh tones and the sky; the other that fluoresces lightly, comprising small spots and lines in the foreground, in some of the drapery, in the wall behind the ox, and scattered sparsely in the background. The painting is in overall good condition.
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Volterra collection, Florence, 1925 (according to the Fondazione Giorgio Cini);
Private collection, Naples, 1991.
W. Angelelli & A.G. De Marchi, Pittura dal Duecento al primo Cinquecento nelle fotografie di Girolamo Bombelli, Milan 1991, p. 234, cat. no. 480 (as Pedro de Aponte?).
Pedro de Aponte is considered to be one of the founders of the Aragonese School of painting. He is believed to have studied with Luca Signorelli and Domenico Ghirlandaio and was active in Italy by 1507.1
We are grateful to Dr. José Gómez Frechina for tentatively endorsing the attribution to Pedro de Aponte, on the basis of digital images. He compares the present work to the panels also attributed to Aponte, in the Museo Capitolare, Atri.2
1 For more on the artist, see C.R. Post, A History of Spanish Painting, vol. XIII, Cambridge 1966, pp. 48–91.