MATTEO DI GIOVANNI DI BARTOLO, CALLED MATTEO DA SIENA | The Madonna and Child
- The Madonna and Child
- tempera on panel, gold ground, in an integral frame
- 48.3 x 34.3 cm.; 19 x 13 1/2 in.
His sale, New York, American Art Association, 10–11 December 1924, lot 44, for $650 to H. Henderson;
Mary T. Cudahy, New York;
By whose Estate sold, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 11 January 1958, lot 452 for $1,600 to Dr. W.M. Serri;
Thence by descent within a private collection, New York, until sold
Anonymous sale ('Property of a New York Collector'), New York, Christie's, 26 January 2005, lot 10.
Matteo di Giovanni, one of the greatest and perhaps the most progressive of the remarkable series of painters of Siena in the fifteenth century, produced many devotional images of the Madonna and Child throughout his long and prosperous career. The simplicity of the present image is, however, more unusual within the artist's œuvre for its omission of the attendant angels or saints usually incorporated into his compositions, and is all the more intimate and devout in feeling for it.
1 Signed and dated 1479; see B. Berenson, Italian pictures of the Renaissance, Central Italian and North Italian school, vol. I, London 1968, p. 260, reproduced vol. II, fig. 811.