• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

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    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 269

    Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli, il Giampietrino (active Milan c. 1495-1540)

    Mary Magdalene

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    Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli, il Giampietrino (active Milan c. 1495-1540)
    Mary Magdalene
    oil on panel
    24¾ x 19 in. (63 x 48.3 cm.)

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    The present work most likely dates to one of the earliest phases of Giampietrino's work when he was particularly influenced by Marco d'Oggiono, one of Leonardo's pupils (see C. Geddo, 'Le Pale d'arte del Giampietrino: ipotesi per un percorso stilistico', Arte lombarda, no. 101, 1992, pp. 67-82). Related paintings by Giampietrino from this period include two of the Madonna and Child (Rome, Galleria Borghese, oil on panel, 30¾ x 23 5/8 in.; and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, oil on panel, 26 3/8 x 21¼ in.). The early provenance records for the present lot include it in the Aldobrandini collection, where it was attributed to Leonardo and sometimes identified as a Portrait of Artemesia.


    Aldobrandini Collection, Rome, as 'Portrait of Artemisia attributed to Leonardo da Vinci'.
    Wickham Flower, Great Tangley Manor, Guildford, Surrey and London, by 1898; (+) Christie's, 17 December 1904, lot 50.
    with Agnew's, London.
    Sir George Donaldson (1845-1915), London, by 1911.
    Sir John Frecheville Ramsden, 6th Bt. (1877-1958), Bulstrode House, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire; Christie's, 27 and 30 May 1932, lot 72, from whom acquired by Coulette as agent for
    Godfrey Locker-Lampson (1875-1946), London.
    Somerset Struben de Chair (1911-1995), St. Isyth's Priory, Essex and London; Sotheby's, 19 November 1952, lot 43.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the additional literature for the present lot:
    C.J. Ffoulkes, Archivio Storico dell'arte, VII, 1894, pp. 256-258, no. 195.
    (Probably) P. Della Pergola, 'L'Inventario del 1592 di Lucrezia d'Este', Arte Antica e Moderna, VII, 1959, pp. 342-351, as either no. 29 or 37 (two unattributed Magdalene paintings in Lucrezia d'Este's Collection).
    P. Della Pergola, 'Gli Inventari Aldobrandini', Arte Antica e Moderna, XII, 1960, p. 430, as no. 51 in the Aldobrandini Inventory of 1626.
    P. Della Pergola, 'Gli Inventari Aldobrandini: l'inventario del 1682', Arte Antica e Moderna, XXI, 1963, p. 75, as no. 375 in the Aldobrandini Inventory of 1682.
    P.C. Marani, Leonardo e i leonardeschi a Brera, Florence, 1987, p. 42, fig. 33.
    P.C. Marani, 'Leonardo. La Giocanda', Arte Dossier, 189, May 2003, p. 37.
    F. Rinaldi, 'Giampetrino. Dagli esordi alla pala fornari del 1521', Raccolta Vinciana, XXXIII, 2009, pp. 193-224, fig. 4.

    It is suggested in Rinaldi's article that the present lot can be dated to circa 1515 because of its stylistic connections with Rizzoli's Ospedaletto Lodigiano altarpiece.


    G. Pauli, 'Ausstellung von Gemälden der lombardischen Schule im Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, April-Juni 1898', Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst, X, 1898-99, p. 146.
    S. Reinach, Répertoire de peintures du moyen âge et de la renaissance (1280-1580), I, Paris, 1905, p. 192; VI, p. 314.
    F. Malaguzzi Valeri, Corte di Lodovico il Moro: Gli artisti lombardi, Milan, 1917, III, pp. 72, 74, fig. 61.
    A Few Italian Pictures Collected by Godfrey Locker-Lampson, c. 1938, pp. 16-17, no. V.
    B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London, 1968, I, p. 168.
    F.R. Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XV-XVI Century, London, 1968, II, p. 138.


    London, New Galleries, Early Italian Art from 1300-1500, 1893-94, no. 195, as 'Andrea Solario'.
    London, Burlington Fine Arts Club, Catalogue of Pictures by Masters of the Milanese and Allied Schools of Lombardy, May-July 1898, no. 56.
    London, Grafton Galleries, A Catalogue of an Exhibition of Old Masters..., 1911, no. 34.
    Little Rock, Arkansas Arts Center, The Christian Drama, 4 December 1960-29 January 1961, no. 15.
    Mexico City, Museo Nacional de San Carlos, María Magdalena: éxtasis y arrepentimiento, 17 May-2 September 2001, pp. 117, 197, no. 77.