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    Sale 11973

    Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale

    7 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    Master of the Misericordia (Florence, active mid-14th Century)

    The Crucifixion with the Madonna and Saint John the Evangelist

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    Master of the Misericordia (Florence, active mid-14th Century)
    The Crucifixion with the Madonna and Saint John the Evangelist
    on gold ground panel, shaped top, in an engaged frame
    23 7/8 x 12¼ in. (60.6 x 31 cm.)
    inscribed 'PATER•NOSTER•QVIES•INCIELIS' (lower center, on the frame) and with inventory number '12' (on the reverse)

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    The Master of the Misericordia, named in 1958 by Richard Offner after the impressive altarpiece in the Accademia, Florence, was one of the most effective and productive painters active in Florence in the period from circa 1355 to 1390. Formed in the world of Taddeo Gaddi and Bernardo Daddi, the dominant Florentine artists of the previous generation, his development paralleled that of Giovanni da Milano, and anticipated that of the Florentine masters of the late Trecento. Offner’s core group of pictures by the Master was significantly expanded by Boskovits in 1973 (M. Boskovits, Pittura Fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento, 1370-1400, Florence, 1975, pp. 366-72) and by Chiodo (op. cit.).

    This characteristically incisive panel was in 1987 accompanied by a letter from Roberto Longhi assigning it to the Maestro di Sant’Eligio, whose oeuvre has since been subsumed into that of the Misericordia Master. As Chiodo noted, the punch employed for the borders is apparently the same as that used in pictures by the artist at Bern and Cambridge, Massachusetts (op. cit., pls. XXII and XXXV) (cf. M. Frinta, Punched decoration: on late medieval panel and miniature painting, Prague, 1998, I, p. 399).


    Julius David Ichenhauser, 203 Gloucester Terrace, London; his sale (†), Christie’s, London, 3 December 1910, lot 97, as ‘Italian School’(14 gns. to Caufax[?]).
    with Frascione, Florence, 1967 (according to a handwritten note on the back of a photograph in the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell’Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence).
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby’s, Florence, 18 May 1987, lot 676.
    Carlo de Carlo, Florence; (†) Franco Semenzato, Florence, 18 October 2000, lot 69.

    Pre-Lot Text



    A. Tartuferi, ‘Una nota per l’esordio di Agnolo Gaddi’, Antichità Viva, XXXV, 1996, pp. 4 and 7, note 8.
    S. Chiodo, ‘Painters in Florence after the ‘Black Death’. The Master of the Misericordia and Matteo di Pacino’, M. Boskovits (ed.), in R. Offner, K. Steinweg, A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting, IV, IX, Florence, 2011, pp. 146-7, pl. IV.