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Painting Title Infant Christ Reclining on a Cushion with Raised Arms
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Italian School
Previously attributed to Reni, Guido (Italian painter and draftsman, 1575-1642)
Date Earliest possibly about 1700
Date Latest possibly about 1880
Description The painting shows the Infant Christ lying on a cushion, seen from behind his head; his arms are risen. It is probably a copy of a fragment of a bigger composition, which may have included the figure of infant John the Baptist, as his attribute (a cross with a banner) is visible in the lower left corner of the painting. It is also probable that the Infant Christ was originally raising his arms towards Virgin Mary - the original composition may have been heavily repainted, perhaps after reducing it due to some damage. Technical examination may in future reveal earlier layers under the present picture surface. The composition of the Infant Christ's figure may derive from the 'Nativity' by Lorenzo Lotto (1523; National Gallery of Art, Washington).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 414
Subject religion (Jesus); figure
Measurements 63.5 x 47 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Burton 1882.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1883, no. 118 as 'Cupid' after Guido.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 119 as from Italian 17th century pattern; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 342 as by unknown artist.
Notes

John Burton (1799-1882) was a horse dealer and farmer; he created a collection of paintings (mainly Victorian) in his villa in Poppleton, Yorkshire. He had been on the organising committees for the 1866 and 1879 exhibitions in York and decided to leave his collection to the citizens of York rather than his first choice, the National Gallery (he was persuaded to change his will a month prior to his death). The Burton Bequest of 127 pictures founded the York Gallery's permanent collection.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka
 

 

 

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