GIROLAMO MACCHIETTI | Madonna and Child, with Noli Me Tangere beyond
20,000 - 30,000 GBP
Florence 1535 - 1592
MADONNA AND CHILD, WITH NOLI ME TANGERE BEYOND
oil on poplar panel
unframed: 116 x 87 cm.; 45⅝ x 34¼ in.
framed: 143.3 x 115 cm.; 56 3/8 x 45 1/4 in.
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Stable panel made up of several vertical planks held by two transverse recessed battens. Scattered retouchings visible under ultra violet light throughout, minor in the upper parts, eg the Madonna's face, with a little more lower down, eg in the Madonna's skirt where the blue pigment has degraded as it usually does. No need of further conservation work: ready to hang as is. Modern giltwood frame.
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This composition echoes the design of Domenico Puligo’s painting offered in these Rooms on 6 July 2017, lot 140.1 In the present interpretation of the subject, Macchietti has changed several of the background figures while retaining the Noli Me Tangere, and has added an elegant curtain and tree upper left to anchor the design. Puligo’s characteristic sfumato effect has been replaced here with a more direct and elegant light.
We are grateful to Dottor Alessandro Nesi for endorsing the attribution. His written expertise accompanies the lot.