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Title Virgin and Child Before a Green Curtain
Alternative Title Madonna and Child
Collection Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, Stalybridge
Artist Attributed to Siciolante, Girolamo (Italian painter, ca. 1521-1575)
Previously attributed to Puligo, Domenico (Italian painter, 1492-1527)
Date Earliest about 1520
Date Latest about 1575
Description Siciolante worked in both Rome and Emilia during the mid sixteenth-century, formulating a heavily derivative Mannerist style derived from Michelangelo and Giulio Romano. The monumental stature of the figures and their rather elongated forms are typical Mannerist traits being quite obviously derived from Michelangelo. However, the heads and bodies are not in proportion causing the child's limbs to look particularly large and awkward.
Current Accession Number ASTAC:1932.12
Former Accession Number 1/16/7
Subject religion (Virgin and Child)
Measurements 45.4 x 53.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. F. Cheetham 1932.
Principal Exhibitions Christian Art Festival, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, 1955, Picture Her: Images of Women, Astley Cheetham Art Gallery, 2003; Presents from the Past Bolton Museum, 1978.
Notes Girolamo Siciolante da Sermoneta was an Italian Mannnerist painter active in Rome in mid 1500s. Native to Sermoneta, he was reputed to have been a pupil of Leonardo da Pistoia. His first known work is an altarpiece once in Valvisciolo, now in Palazzo Caetani in Rome. In Piacenza he painted a Holy Family with Saint Michael (1545-1546). In 1548, he painted a Madonna with Six Saints for San Martino Maggiore in Bologna. In 1548-1549 he and Jacopino da Conte completed Raphaelesque frescoes depicting the Baptism of Clovis, left unfinished by Perino del Vaga in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome. In 1560s he painted a Life of the Virgin for San Tommaso dei Cenci and a Crucifixion for San Giovanni in Laterano, both in Rome. Also in Rome he painted in the Sala Regia, and a Martyrdom of Saint Catherine for Santa Maria Maggiore in 1568.
Rights Owner Astley Cheetham Art Gallery
Author Lisa Howard



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