• Old Master Paintings Part II auction at Christies

    Sale 2657

    Old Master Paintings Part II

    26 January 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 214

    Marco Palmezzano (Forlì c. 1459/63-before 1539)

    The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

    Price Realised  

    Marco Palmezzano (Forlì c. 1459/63-before 1539)
    The Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
    oil on panel
    23 x 16 in. (58.6 x 42.5 cm.)


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    In its sculptural forms and dramatic structure, this early work by Marco Palmezzano shows the influence of his teacher, Melozzo da Forlì (1438-1494), with whom he worked in 1493 for the fresco decoration of the now destroyed Feo Chapel of San Biagio, Forlì. This composition is notably similar to a panel by Antoniazzo Romano (before 1452-1508/12) in The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena (inv. F.1965.1.057.P). As Romano was also significantly influenced by Melozzo, it is possible that both paintings relate to a common source in their master's oeuvre.

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    Literature

    B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian & North Italian Schools, London, 1968, I, p. 317, as 'Homeless', III, pl. 1002.