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    Sale 7744

    Old Masters & 19th Century Art Day Sale

    8 July 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 239

    Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli (Siena 1458-1496)

    The Crucifixion

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    Pietro di Francesco degli Orioli (Siena 1458-1496)
    The Crucifixion
    tempera and oil on panel, in an engaged frame, arched top
    20 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (53 x 35.3)

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    This painting is sold with a copy of a letter of expertise by Roberto Longhi, dated 1967, in which he attributes the picture to Giacomo Pacchiarotto (1474-1540), proposing a date around 1520. In two articles of 1982 Alessandro Angelini established that many devotional panels such as this one, which were traditionally attributed to Pacchiarotto, were in fact by his older contemporary Orioli, who can now be seen was one of the key artists of late Quattrocento Siena (A. Angelini, 'Da Giacomo Pacchiarotti a Pietro Orioli', Prospettiva, 29, 1982, pp. 72-8 and Idem, 'Pietro Orioli e il momento urbinate della pittura senese del Quattrocento', Prospettiva, 30, 1982, pp. 30-43).

    We are grateful to Mr. Everett Fahy for confirming the attribution on the basis of photographs and for pointing out that a similar version by the same author is in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. The Baltimore panel, smaller in size, was the central part of a predella, which included four other compartments, formerly in the J.P. Morgan collection and now dispersed (two of them are at present in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge).

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    Galleria Corsi, Florence; Christie's, London, 6 July 1858, lot 58, as 'A. Mantegna'.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, Rome, 26 November 1986, lot 70, as 'Giacomo Pacchiarotti'.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, Rome, 13 December 1988, lot 32, as 'Giacomo Pacchiarotti' (when acquired by the present owner).