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    Sale 7575

    Old Master and British Pictures

    25 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 110

    Girolamo da Santacroce (Santa Croce, Bergamo 1480/1485-after 1556 Venice)

    The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and a donor

    Price Realised  

    Girolamo da Santacroce (Santa Croce, Bergamo 1480/1485-after 1556 Venice)
    The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and a donor
    oil on panel
    27¾ x 38¼ in. (70.5 x 97.1 cm.)


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    A prominent and respected criminal lawyer in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, Dr. Max Alsberg (1877-1933) was also renowned as a legal reformer and writer.

    We are grateful to Professor Peter Humfrey, who has also suggested a possible attribution to Francesco Bissolo (Treviso c. 1470/5-1554 Venice) on the basis of photographs.

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    Provenance

    Max Alsberg, Berlin.
    Paul Graupe; sale, Berlin, 29-30 January 1934, lot 2.
    Italy, private collection.
    Restituted to the heirs of Max Alsberg, October 2007.


    Literature

    B. Berenson, Pittura italiana del Rinascimento. La scuola veneta, 1958, I, p. 163, pl. 576, as an early work.
    F. Heinemann, Giovanni Bellini e i Belliniani, Venice, 1962, p. 163, fig. 494.
    B. della Chiesa and E. Baccheschi, 'I pittori di Santacroce', in I pittori bergamaschi. Il Cinquecento, II, Bergamo, 1976, p. 42, no. 13, as a work of uncertain attribution.