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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 326

    Attributed to Francesco Albani Bologna 1578-1660

    The Madonna and Child with Angels

    Price Realised  

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    Attributed to Francesco Albani Bologna 1578-1660
    The Madonna and Child with Angels
    oil on copper, oval
    3½ x 3 in. 9 x 7.5 cm.


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    Francesco Albani painted several versions of a composition featuring the Madonna reading while the infant Christ sleeps. The present version is closest to a significantly larger painting on copper, of oval format but oriented horizontally. The central figures in that work are framed by two angels on the left and Saint Joseph on the right (Palazzo Pitti, Florence). It is also similar to a version sold at Christie's (New York, 19 April 2007, lot 212, for $33,600), on canvas rather than copper, with Saint Joseph replaced by a landscape.