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Title Madonna and Child with the Infant St John
Collection Harewood House, Leeds
Artist Albertinelli, Mariotto (Italian painter, 1474-1515)
Date 1509 (dated)
Signed yes
Description At the time he painted this panel, Mariotto Albertinelli was working with Fra Bartolommeo on the famous frescoes at the Dominican convent of S. Marco in Florence. This panel, signed by him alone, shows that he continued to work independently, drawing on his success as a painter of large scale religious works. Such paintings were very popular at the time as domestic decoration. As well as providing an example of exemplary behaviour for mothers and children, the subject also reminded people about Christ's sacrifice for humanity: the goldfinch is a symbol of His impending death.
Current Accession Number HHTP:2001.1.8
Former Accession Number 3 (Borenius)
Inscription front lr '.MARIOTTI.FLORENTINI.OPVS. 1509'
Subject religion (Virgin and Child, St John the Baptist); still life (flowers); animal (goldfinch); landscape
Measurements 63.5 x 46.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Acquired from P & D Colnaghi & Obach 1917.
Publications Borenius, T., Catalogue of the Pictures and Drawings at Harewood House, Oxford, 1936, cat. no. 3, pp. 3-4, ill. plate II; Berenson, B., Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, Florentine School, London, 1968, p. 2, ill. pl. 1317; Borgo, L., The Works of Mariotto Albertinelli, New York, 1976, cat. no. 22, p.329, ill. plate 31.
Notes See Harewood document HHTD.2003.1.7: a receipt from Colnaghi dated 25/1/1917: '1917 March 5th To the painting by Mariotto Albertinelli (1474-1515) §Virgin & Child with Infant St. John§ 1,000' (£1,000). Listed in the 1925 inventory of Goldsborough Hall, West Yorks Archive, Leeds, WYL250/3/304. Copy in the Fitzwilliam Museum, no. 162, possibly by a student of Albertinelli, see correspondence at Harewood House. A similar version, although circular, appeared Clark Sale, Sotheby's, London 19 July 1922 from the collections of Mr Coesvelt and Lord Northwick.
Rights Owner By kind permission of the Earl and Countess of Harewood and the Trustees of Harewood House Trust
Author Dr Phillippa Plock



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