9 July 1999
The Master of the Borghese Tondo (active Florence c. 1485-1515)
The Nativity with the infant Saint John the Baptist, the Annunciation of the Shepherds and the train of the Magi beyond
oil on panel, a tondo
34.1/8 x 33.1/8 in. (86.7 x 84.2 cm.)
Miss V. Brady.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, London, 17 December 1947, lot 36, as Mainardi (to Colnaghi).
The Trustees of the Maleham Bequest; Sotheby's, London, 12 December 1984, lot 18 (20,900 to the family of the present owner).
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E. Fahy, Some Followers of Domenico Ghirlandaio, New York and London, 1976, p. 168.
Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, 1948-1984, no. 2289.
Named after a tondo in the Villa Borghese, Rome, the painter was a follower of Domenico Ghirlandaio. An attribution to Jacopo del Tedesco, a pupil of Ghirlandaio mentioned by Vasari, was proposed by Francovich who first isolated the hand in 1927. Fahy lists some two dozen works by the artist.
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