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Luca Signorelli (1450 - 1523)

Lot 185: Luca Signorelli and Studio , Cortona circa 1450 - 1523 The Madonna and Child with Saints Bernard(?), Anthony of Padua and John the Evangelist(?) circular, oil on panel, in an 18th Century Italian frame


January 29, 2009
New York, NY, US

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circular, oil on panel, in an 18th Century Italian frame


measurements note diameter 28 1/2 in.; 72.4 cm


St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, Winter Exhibition, 1968 (as Luca Signorelli).


Pharos, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, Winter 1968, vol. VI, no. 4, reproduced in color on the cover;
T. Henry, The Complete Paintings of Luca Signorelli, London 2001, p. 211, under cat. no. 70).


Possibly in a private collection, Florence, 1955 (according to a note on a photograph in the Berenson collection at Villa I Tatti, Florence);
With Central Picture Galleries, New York (as Luca Signorelli), by whom sold to
Marc and Lillian Rojtman on November 22, 1959;
By whose estate sold, New York, Sotheby's, January 28, 2005, lot 523.


The painting relates directly to an autograph work by Signorelli today in a private collection in Italy (reproduced in T. Henry, see Literature, p. 211, cat. no. 70). In Henry's opinion this version, which is faithful to the original in every detail, was painted under Signorelli's supervision in his workshop and he believes that he may have been involved in parts of the picture's execution. He dates the present variant to circa 1510, slightly after the other tondo which is generally believed to have been painted and paid for in 1505. Based on firsthand inspection Laurence Kanter believes the present painting to be by Luca Signorelli with workshop assistance.

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