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Pier Francesco Foschi (1502 - 1567)

Lot 12: * PIER FRANCESCO DI JACOPO FOSCHI FLORENCE 1502 - 1567

Sotheby's

January 29, 2005
New York, NY, US

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Description

oil on panel

Condition Note: The panel is cradled and there are three vertical panel joins visible to the naked eye, one of which has some paint loss, as is visible in catalogue illustration. The paint surface is under an uneven varnish. There are crude restorations and filled losses visible throughout the composition. Despite this, the painting still reads well and presents a strong image. There are nice passages in Madonna's face and to putto at left. Ultra violet light reveals aforementioned as well as retouches at right side in putto, to her arm and along panel joins. This painting has not been attended to in many years and would benefit from sensitive cleaning and re-addressing of old restorations.

Dimensions

43 by 32 in.

109.2 by 81.3 cm.

Provenance

Mrs. Delaphone, Sale, March 28, 1871, #3124 (according to a label on the reverse).

Notes

Foschi was a pupil of Andrea del Sarto, and then in the latter half of the 1530s worked on several projects under Pontormo. The influence of both these artists is detectable in the present picture, which was probably painted in the late 1530s or early 1540s, before Foschi became interested in the more refined style of Bronzino. Foschi used the same cartoon for a painting that was sold at Christie's, London, on December 6, 1946, lot 24, (as Andrea del Sarto).

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