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    Sale 2172

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Tapestries and Oriental Carpets

    9 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 142

    A LIFE SIZE WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF A FEMALE SAINT

    ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONELLO AND ANTONINO GAGINI, CIRCA 1535

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    A LIFE SIZE WHITE MARBLE FIGURE OF A FEMALE SAINT
    ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONELLO AND ANTONINO GAGINI, CIRCA 1535
    Depicted standing with her right arm at her side and her left arm raised to her chest on an integrally carved base
    66 in. (167.5 cm.) high


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    This monumental figure is one of a group of at least four female figures. The other three, all also from the Brummer Collection, are now in the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. They date from late 1530's -- as they relate so closely to 1539 figure of Oliva in the Domtribuna of Palermo -- and so would either have been done at the end of Antonello's life (he died in 1536) or entirely by his son Antonino. All are also closely related, both stylistically and technically, to the four Saints in Santa Maria della Catena, Palermo (see H.-W. Kruft, p. cit., no. 52, p. 377).

    Provenance

    Joseph Brummer, New York, purchased before 1936 in Palermo; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 9 June 1949, lot 642.


    Literature

    H.-W. Kruft, Antonello Gagini und seine Söhne, Munich, 1980, no. 52, p. 377, ill. no. 350.