Details

Country House
Mells Manor
Title(s)
The Virgin and Child crowned by Two Angels between an unidentified Dominican Saint and an unidentified Female Saint
Medium and support
Tempera on wood with raised gesso work, in its original frame
Dimensions
Overall width: 44 cm
Artist
Pseudo Pier-Francesco Fiorentino
Catalogue Number
MM5
Inscription
  • Inscribed at the base: ‘AVB [B reversed] GRATIA PENA DOMINVS EQ’ and with two unidentified coats of arms

Description

This seems to be a typical production by the artist or, more probably, association of artists generally known as Pseudo Pier Francesco Fiorentino, which produced well-crafted artisanal adaptations of compositions by others, often Lippesque. The present example, which might adapt a composition by Antonio Rosellino, is in good condition and in its original tabernacle. It typifies a kind of attractive technically skilled work made extensively for domestic settings.

There seems to be no documentation for this painting, which is not mentioned by Garnett; but the Graham collection did include four pictures (Garnett, d258–d261) given to Pseudo Pier Francesco, none of which remains at Mells.

by Paul Joannides

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