• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 7633

    Old Master & British Pictures (Day Sale)

    3 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 244

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

    The Madonna and Child with Saints Stephen and John the Baptist

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli, il Giampietrino (active Milan c. 1495-1540)
    The Madonna and Child with Saints Stephen and John the Baptist
    oil on panel
    34 7/8 x 28¾ in. (88.5 x 73 cm.), including additions of approximately 1 5/8 in. (4 cm.) on the left and right sides


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Giampietrino is one of the most interesting of all the Lombard followers of Leonardo da Vinci. He may have trained in Leonardo's workshop as early as the mid-1490s, and his mature style shows the clear influence of Leonardo's second Milanese period (mid-1508-13), for example a group of devotional paintings of the Madonna and Child, including Madonna of the Cherries (Milan, Rob Smeets Collection) and Madonna and Child (Rome, Galleria Borghese) of circa 1510 (see P.C. Marani, 'Giovan Pietro Rizzoli, called Giampietrino' in G. Bora, et al., The Legacy of Leonardo: Painters in Lombardy 1490-1530, Milan, 1998, pp. 275-300). The present work shares an affinity with these as well as Leonardo's drawings, one of which, Madonna and Child with a cat (British Museum, no. 1860-6-16-100), depicts the Virgin's head in a very similar position.

    Special Notice

    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 24 May 1991, lot 47.