AGNOLO DI DOMENICO DEL MAZZIERE, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE MASTER OF SANTO SPIRITO | THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
AGNOLO DI DOMENICO DEL MAZZIERE, FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE MASTER OF SANTO SPIRITO
THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST
tempera on panel, unframed
panel: 8⅛ by 12½ in.; 20.8 by 32 cm.
with additions: 9 by 13⅜ in.; 22.8 by 33.6 cm.
This panel is unframed, with pieces of wood on all four sides to protect the edges. The surface is slightly dirty, but the painting presents itself as a very original object. The gold in the background, while slightly worn, appears to be very old if not original. There is slight abrasion here and there, but the figure of Christ and his robe for the most part appears to be relatively intact. There are old restorations visible under UV in parts of the white, of the flag and the sepulcher. The browns and greens have somewhat oxidized but overall the landscape retains a good sense of recession. The reverse of the panel appears to be relatively untouched, with old inactive wormholes, along with an old label, circa 1800, and an old wax seal. Unframed.
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Possibly, Ferdinando de’ Medici (1549-1609), according to a wax seal on the reverse;
Art market, Rome, by 1991 (according to the Fototeca Zeri);
Anonymous sale, Vienna, Dorotheum, 21 April 2015, lot 201 (as Central Italian School, 15th Century);
There acquired by the present owner.
This work appears to be a predella panel from an unknown altarpiece by Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere, formerly known as the Master of Santo Spirito. Another fragment of this altarpiece showing the Flagellation is in the Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon.1
We are grateful to Frank Dabell for identifying one of the wax seals on the reverse of the panel. One of the two represents a large queen bee beneath a crown surrounded by numerous other smaller bees. Mr. Dabell has identified this emblem as having belonged to Ferdinando de’ Medici (1549-1609). A similar wax seal can be found today on the reverse of Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of Giuliano de’ Medici, in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (inv. no. 1952.5.56).
1. Inv. no. MI 588, panel, 21 by 53 cm.