Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

Master Paintings & Sculpture Part I

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Property from the Descendants of Dr. Anton F. Philips

Giovanni Bellini

The Madonna and Child at a Ledge with an Apple: "The Philips Madonna"

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January 27, 05:11 PM GMT


3,000,000 - 5,000,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from the Descendants of Dr. Anton F. Philips

Giovanni Bellini

Venice 1435/40 - 1516

The Madonna and Child at a Ledge with an Apple: "The Philips Madonna"

tempera and oil on panel, gold ground

panel: 30 1/4 by 20 7/8 in.; 76.8 by 53 cm. 

framed: 40 1/8 by 31 3/8 in.; 101.9 by 79.7 cm.  




1435/40 - 1516年,威尼斯



畫板:30 1/4 x 20 7/8 英寸;76.8 x 53 公分

連框:40 1/8 x 31 3/8 英寸;101.9 x 79.7 公分

With Dowdeswell Gallery, London, before 1888;
Charles Loeser, Florence, 1888;
From whom acquired by Julius Böhler, Munich, 1913;
From whom acquired by Dr. Anton F. Philips (1874–1951), Eindhoven, 1913;
Thence by descent to the present owner.
S. Reinach, Répertoire des Peintures du Moyen Age et la Renaissance (1289 - 1580) , vol. III, Paris 1910, p. 437, reproduced no. 1 (as early Bellini, according to Bernard Berenson);
G. Gronau, Giovanni Bellini; des Meisters Gemälde, Stuttgart 1930, p. 16, reproduced p. 200, note 16 (as by Bellini, related to the Kessler Madonna in Amsterdam);
L. Dussler, Giovanni Bellini, Frankfurt 1935, p. 156;
R. van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, vol. XVII, The Hague 1935, p. 209 (possibly an early work by Bellini on the basis of photographs);
C. Gamba, Giovanni Bellini, Paris 1937, p. 194, cat. no. 3 (as a replica of a lost original by the young Bellini);
L. Coletti, “Revisione della Storiografia Belliniana,” in Vernice, 4, 1949, p. 10;
L. Dussler, Giovanni Bellini, Vienna 1949, p. 65 (reminiscent of a Bellinesque model);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School, vol. I, 1957, p. 31 (as by Bellini);
F. Heinemann, Giovanni Bellini e i Belliniani, Venice 1959, vol. I, p. 203, cat. no. S 824, reproduced vol. II, p. 640, fig. 736 (as known only by photograph, a Venetian school painting, and dating it later, noting that the infant was “too human” for an early work);
T. Pignatti, L’opera completa di Giovanni Bellini, Milano 1969, p. 95, reproduced no. 78, reproduced;
M. de Bondt-Somer in H.W. van Os, et al, The Early Venetian Paintings in Holland, Maarssen 1978, pp. 27-28, reproduced fig. 17;
A. Conti, “Giovanni nella bottega di Jacopo Bellini,” in Hommage à Michel Laclotte: Etudes sur la Peinture du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance, Paris 1994, p. 264;
J. Paris, L’atelier Bellini, Paris 1995, p. 204;
M. Lucco, “Giovanni Bellini: his early years highlighted,” in The Philips Madonna by Giovanni Bellini, The Hague 2017, pp. 14-29;
M. Lucco, "Un 'opera dimenticata di Giovanni Bellini (e qualche considerazione sulla sua data di nascita')," in Giovanni Bellini: “…il migliore nella pittura”, conference proceedings at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice 2019, pp. 13-15, reproduced p. 6, fig. 5, detail of IRR reproduced p. 10, fig. 7 (as "una sua opera cardine," datable to 1460-1462);
M. Lucco, P. Humfrey, and G. C. F. Villa, Giovanni Bellini: Catalogo Ragionato, Treviso 2019, cat. no. 3, pp. 290-291, reproduced p. 81, fig. 3 (as by Giovanni Bellini, painted circa 1459-1460);
P. Humfrey, Giovanni Bellini, Venice 2021, pp. 35-37, reproduced figs. 21 and IRR fig. 22 (as by Giovanni Bellini, dated circa 1460).