Description: oil on panel, unframed
Dimensions: 26 3/16 by 19 1/8 in.; 66.5 by 48.5 cm.
Medium: oil on panel, unframed
Condition Report: The following condition report has been provided by Simon Parkes of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc. 502 East 74th St. New York, NY 212-734-3920, firstname.lastname@example.org, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's. This painting on wood looks respectable in its current condition. The panel has been cradled on the reverse. The panel is flat and the paint layer is stable. The work may not be clean and a few of the retouches have discolored. An old crack running vertically through the nose of the Madonna is visible, but this is a very thin crack, and there are only a few spots of retouching around the side of the nose in her face. A few cracks have been retouched in the white dress. There are a few more spots of retouching in her right hand. A few cracks have been retouched in the figure of Christ, but his face is almost completely un-retouched. The black background has also received a few retouches that are not immediately visible under ultraviolet light. In general, the condition is good. If the color of some of the old retouches were adjusted, the work could be hung as is.
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Exhibited: San Diego, Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego,
Old Master Spanish Paintings, 1933 (no catalogue);
Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago,
Catalogue of a Century of Progress, Exhibition of Paintings and Sculpture Lent from American Museums, 1 June - 1 November 1933, no. 180;
Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum,
Exhibition of Spanish Painting, 4 - 31 October 1935, no. 45;
St. Paul, Minnesota, St. Paul Art Center,
The Age of Belief: an exhibition of religious art from the Harding Museum Collections, 1966–67, no. 2.
Literature: J. A. Gaya Nuño,
La pintura española fuera de España, Madrid 1958, p. 238, cat. no. 1824 (as by Morales);
Luis de Morales, trans. L.-I. Ringbom, Helsinki 1962, p. 197, cat. no. 60 (listed under studio works and copies);
R.G. Mann in M. Wolff
Northern European and Spanish Paintings before 1600 in the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago 2008, pp. 95-99, reproduced.
Provenance: Dr. John E. Stillwell, New York, by 1927;
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His sale, New York, Anderson Galleries, 1-3 December 1927, lot 480, to Harding for $2,200;
George F. Harding, Jr. (d. 1939), Chicago;
Bequeathed to the George F. Harding Museum, Chicago;
Ownership transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago, 1982;
Accessioned 1983 (George F. Harding Collection, acc.no. 1983.371).