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Attributed to manner of Luini, Bernardino (Italian painter and draftsman, ca. 1480-ca. 1532) , Holy Family

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Title Holy Family
Alternative Title The Holy Family with the Infant St John
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to manner of Luini, Bernardino (Italian painter and draftsman, ca. 1480-ca. 1532)
Attributed to Italian (Lombard) School
Previously attributed to circle of Giampietrino (Italian artist, active ca. 1520 - 1540)
Date Earliest possibly 1510
Date Latest possibly 1600
Description Originally this work was attributed to Giampietrino, a 16th century painter whose name (Gian Pietro Rizzi or Giovanni Pedrini) has been connected with a group of works dated between 1520-1540. His paintings show a strong Leonardesque character and he is said to have been Leonardo's only pupil as the latter mentions his name in his manuscripts. This attribution was refuted and changed into 17th century Lombard by Buchanan in 1970. However, stylistically and technically a 16th century attribution to a 'Leonardesque' artist such as, for example, the Lombard painter Bernardino Luini (active 1512, died 1532), seems more appropriate.
Current Accession Number 285
Subject religion (Holy Family); figure
Measurements 64.5 x 49.9 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {poplar})
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Publications Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Introduction by James Eggleton, Glasgow, 1935, p. 246, as by Giovanni Pedrini, early 16th Century, Italian- Milanese; Catalogue of Italian Paintings with which is included a small group of Spanish Pictures, Illustrations, Introduction by George Buchanan, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 1970, p. 71, repr, b/w, as by Lombard, 17th Century, as The Holy Family with Infant St. John;
Notes Remains of three old seals on back, much damaged. One black: possibly Italian export seal. One illegible red seal, and another red seal in the centre with lion or sphinx, double heraldic.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Erma Hermens



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