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Title The Holy Family with Saint Anne and Saint John
Collection Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge
Artist After Viti, Timoteo (Italian painter, 1469-1523)
Previously attributed to manner of Giulio Romano (Italian painter and architect, probably 1499-1546)
Date Earliest about 1500
Date Latest about 1600
Description A seemingly identical painting is attributed to Timoteo Viti (1469-1523) (photograph in Witt Library, London). The Staylebridge work is smaller in size and is possibly a sixteenth or seventeenth century copy after the Viti painting rather than of an original composition by the later Giulio Romano (1499-1546). In any case, this painting is not a direct copy of a work by Romano, but rather a regrouping of elements from Holy Family paintings by him dated to about 1522-3. The Virgins and relationship with the children are similar to the Madonna della Gatta (Naples, Museo Nazionale). But the artist has quite inventively restructured the figure group and placed it in front of an Italianate landscape.
Current Accession Number ASTAC:1932.9
Subject religion ( Holy Family)
Measurements 35.5 x 27.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. F. Cheetham 1932.
Notes Research notes by Christopher Baker, 1989, held by Astley Cheetham Art Gallery: 'This work is close to a Romano painting entitled Madonna della Gatta, Naples, Museo Nazionale. The Virgins are similar as are the relationships between the children. But rather than simply borrowing from this earlier work the author of this work has quite inventively restructured the figure group and placed it before an Italianate landscape. An attribution to Romano himself is denied by the over sentimental expressions of the figures. It probably dates from the 17th century.'
Rights Owner Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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