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Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Adoration of the Christ Child

Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Adoration of the Christ Child

Adoration of the Christ Child

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Property from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Lorenzo di Credi and Workshop

Florence 1456/9 - 1536

Adoration of the Christ Child


tempera on panel, a tondo

panel diameter: 35 in.; 89 cm. 

framed diameter: 45 in; 114.3 cm.

The following condition report has been provided by Matt Hayes of Pietro Edwards Society of Art Conservation, 336 West 37th Street, Suite 1580, New York, NY 10018, 212-457-8956, mh@edwards-society.com, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.


This painting is in generally in good condition, with few discrete losses. Fine details—such as the delicately hatched veil or the landscape and castle—are remarkably well preserved. There is some overall wear, especially to shadow passages, and pinpoint losses are occasionally present in more thickly painted areas such as the red lake of the dress. Scattered, fine retouching is visible throughout, with the largest area in the lining of the Virgin's mantle. The retouching is generally well matched, though has discolored very slightly in parts. The varnish is clear, with an even, matte surface. The panel has been thinned to approximately 1 cm and cradled; it is in plane and appears stable. Old evidence of woodworm, no longer active, is evident on the panel reverse. The modern frame shows normal signs of patination and scattered losses to the paint, metal leaf, and gesso.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.


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Count Alessandro Pichi-Sermolli, Florence, having descended in his family since the 16th century;
From whom acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1933.  
"Tondo by Credi at Albright Gallery, Buffalo," in The American Magazine of Art, April 1934, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 212-214 (as Lorenzo di Credi and, according to Richard Offner, datable to the first decade of the sixteenth century);
The Art News, vol. 32, February 1934, pp. 3-4;
The Art Digest, vol. 8, March 1934, p. 11;
A.C. Ritchie (ed.), Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture in the Permanent Collection, Buffalo 1949, pp. 114-115, 198, cat. no. 55, reproduced (as Lorenzo di Credi);
B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School, New York 1963, p. 207 (as 'Tommaso');
B. Frederickson and F. Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1972, p. 110 (as workshop of Lorenzo di Credi);
G. Dalli Regoli, Lorenzo di Credi, Cremona 1966, p. 186, cat. no. 194, reproduced fig. 243.  
Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Exhibition of Religious Art, 1957.