• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 319

    Studio of Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1444/5-1510)

    The Madonna and Child

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Studio of Sandro Botticelli (Florence 1444/5-1510)
    The Madonna and Child
    tempera and oil on panel, a tondo
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) diameter


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    The present composition derives from a Botticelli prototype that is known from a studio production, rectangular in format, in the Galleria Colonna, Rome. In that painting, the Madonna is standing, head tilted forward, and the Child is turned outward, blessing. The horizontal lines of the architecture and window opening onto a landscape are also repeated here but softened by the circular format.
    The present work and another tondo (Chaalis, Musée Jacquemart-André) are considered to be from the studio of Botticelli.

    Provenance

    Giuseppe Volterra, Florence, until 1926, when purchased by
    Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim, New York, by whom gifted to the
    Denver Art Museum, 1953.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Items Sold to Benefit the Denver Art Museum Acquisitions Fund


    Literature

    R. Van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, Oxford, 1963, XII, p. 229, as 'school of Botticelli'.
    R. Lightbown, Sandro Botticelli, Complete Catalogue, Berkeley, 1978, II, p. 153, under C67, as 'a related composition of a workshop picture'.