6 July 2011
Barnaba Agocchiari, called Barnaba da Modena (active Modena 1361-1383)
The Madonna and Child
inscribed 'ave.Maria.gratia.piena.doni' (lower centre)
tempera on gold ground panel
12 5/8 x 8¼ in. (32.1 x 21 cm.), arched top, with additions
Anton Phillips, Eindhoven, Holland, by 1928, and by descent to the present owner.
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B. Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Central Italian and North Italian Schools, London, 1968, I, p. 29, II, pl. 274.
This characteristic small devotional work by the distinguished late fourteenth century Emilian master was known to Berenson from a photograph, which shows that the background had been overpainted, apparently in black. A comparable signed Madonna is in the Courtauld Institute, Lee Collection.
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