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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 55

    Attributed to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (Florence 1483-1561)

    Portrait of a lady, bust-length

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Attributed to Ridolfo Ghirlandaio (Florence 1483-1561)
    Portrait of a lady, bust-length
    oil on panel
    18 ¼ x 13 3/8 in. (46.2 x 33.9 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Dott. Carlo Falciani for suggesting the attribution on the basis of a photograph (written correspondence, 30 August 2016). Dott. Falciani notes the similarity between the present painting and the altarpiece in the Cenacolo di San Salvi, commissioned by Leonardo Buonafede in 1544. The San Salvi altarpiece is a collaboration between Ridolfo Ghirlandaio, who painted the lower figures and the saint on the right, and Michele Tosini, called Michele de Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio, who was responsible for the figures of the Madonna and Child and Saint James.

    Provenance

    Prince Brancaccio, Rome, by 1903.
    with Sedelmeyer, Paris, by 1911.
    Private collection, Europe.


    Literature

    A. Venturi, Oeuvres d'art de la collection du Prince Brancaccio de Rome, Rome, 1903, II, p. 19, pl. VIII, as 'Marcel Venusti'.
    Illustrated Catalogue of the Eleventh Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters Of the Dutch, Flemish, Italian, French and English Schools, being a portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, 1911, p. 58, no. 51.


    Exhibited

    Paris, Sedelmeyer Gallery, Illustrated Catalogue of the Eleventh Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters, 1911, no. 51, as 'Ridolfo del Ghirlandajo'.