4 July 1997
Pellegrino di Mariano (active 1449-1492)
The Madonna and Child
with inventory number 'M.228' (lower right)
tempera on gold ground panel
16 5/8 x 11½in. (42.2 x 29.2cm.)
Johann Anton Ramboux (1790-1866); (+) sale, Cologne, 23 May 1867, lot 157, where purchased (probably) by Schnuettgen (inv. no. M228), by whom given to the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, no. 729; deaccessioned in 1943. with the Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Canada.
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C. Brandi, Giovanni di Paolo, Florence, 1947, p. 102, fig. 109.
B. Berenson, Dedalo, XII, 1932, p. 682.
G. Coor, Quattrocento-Gemälde aus der Sammlung Ramboux, in Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch, 1959, XXI, p. 87.
We are grateful to Everett Fahy for the attribution made on the basis of a photograph. There are autograph variants in the Institute of Arts and Sciences, Staten Island, New York (Kress collection, K. 1142) and formerly in the Robert Langton Douglas collection, New York.
The artist was formerly known as the Master of Montemerano.
Ramboux owned about 150 fourteenth and fifteenth century Italian pictures, many of which were of the Sienese school. The collection was dispersed in the 1867 sale, where pictures were bought for, among others, the Szépmüvészeti Museum, Budapest and the Centraal Museum, Utrecht. Only one of the Ramboux pictures still remains in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum.
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