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PROPERTY FROM A SPANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

The Alzira Master
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST IN A LANDSCAPE
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PROPERTY FROM A SPANISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

The Alzira Master
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST IN A LANDSCAPE
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The Alzira Master
ACTIVE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY
SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST IN A LANDSCAPE
oil on pine panel, in a Spanish carved and gilt wood frame
102 x 67 cm.; 40 1/8  x 26 3/8  in.
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In the collection of the present family since at least the early 20th century.

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This recently discovered painting of Saint John the Baptist in a landscape can be ranked among the finest known works by the Alzira Master, an artist who worked in the close circle of Fernando Yañez and Fernando Llanos (‘Los Hernandos’) in Valencia during the first half of the 16th century. The facial type of Saint John and the beautifully observed landscape reveal the pervasive influence that Leonardo and his Milanese followers exerted on artists on the eastern seaboard of Spain.

The Alzira Master is named after his altarpiece dedicated to the Virgin painted for the Church of Saint Augustine in the village of Alzira in the region of Valencia, the wings of which are dated 1527. The altarpiece was dispersed during the Spanish Civil War and five of the panels are today in the Colegio de los Padres Escolapios, Gandía. Other works by the artist include a painting of Saint Michael Archangel in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Valencia, the Allegory of Human Passions in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest and a panel from an altarpiece dedicated to Saint James the Greater in the National Gallery of Art, Dublin.

The present work reveals a number of characteristics that are typical of the Alzira Master’s distinctive style, above all a predilection for rendering figures in profile, the linear treatment of the folds of drapery and the highly detailed depiction of the landscape, which reveals both a Milanese and Flemish influence. Within the artist’s known œuvre this newly discovered Saint John the Baptist reveals particular affinities with the aforementioned altarpiece dedicate to Saint James the Greater in the National Gallery of Art, Dublin, which is dated 1553 and provides a likely indication of the date of execution for the present work.

We are grateful to Dr. José Gómez Frechina for endorsing the attribution to the Alzira Master, for suggesting a date of circa 1540–55 and for pointing out that this is one of the finest known works by the artist. His certificate, dated 20 October 2015, accompanies this lot.

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