Loading Spinner

Timoteo Viti (1469 - 1523)

Lot 273: TIMOTEO VITI URBINO 1469-1523

Sotheby's

January 26, 2006
New York, NY, US

More About this Item


Description

MADONNA AND CHILD WITH THE INFANT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN A LANDSCAPE

measurements note
8 1/2 by 7 in.; 21.6 by 17.8 cm.

oil on panel

PROVENANCE

Cardinal Joseph Fesch, Rome;
His deceased sale, Rome, Palais Ricci, March 17-18, 1845, pp. 109-110 (as School of Raphael).

NOTE

We are grateful to Everett Fahy for identifying this painting to be a work by Timoteo Viti, based on firsthand inspection. He dates it to circa 1500-05.

Both Vasari and Malvasia record that Viti studied with Francesco Francia in Bologna between 1490-95, though there is no documentary evidence of this. By 1503, Viti was active in Urbino, and his style reflects the influence of both Perugino and Raphael. This charming and intimate painting was once in the famed collection of Cardinal Joseph Fesch, half-brother of Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte, the mother of Napoléon Bonaparte (see this sale, Part I, lot 59). At the time of his death in 1839, his collection comprised nearly 16,000 works. While a number of paintings and works of art were sent by his heir, Joseph Bonaparte, to Corsica (the Musée Fesch in Ajaccio opened in 1852), a large number of works, such as the present painting, were sold in a series of sales in Rome between 1843-45.

Request more information

Important Old Master Paintings

by
Sotheby's
January 26, 2006, 12:00 AM EST

New York, NY, US

For Sale from Sotheby's