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School Of Florence (circle Of Domenico Puligo), 16th Century: Virgin Of The Rocks

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Sold by: Erhardt Fine Art

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Oil on canvas
Presented in a gilt and tooled cassetta frame.
Condition: lined, small speckles of retouching visible under UV-light, esp. in the background, some to the virgin's hand and face (see images). Minor restorations and losses to the frame.
The motif goes back to Leonardo da Vinci's famous 'Virgin of the Rocks' (National Gallery / Louvre). It refers to an apocryphal story according to which the infant John the Baptist was saved from Herod's slaughter of the innocents by an angel and set down in the place where Mary, Joseph and the infant Christ were resting on the flight to Egypt. Our canvas shows the virgin in prayer in a rocky landscape with the tow boys in a hearty embrace. This detail of the embracing an kissing boys became popular among Northern artists such as Joos van Cleve who painted the image as separate scenes.
The painting is identical to a work in the Galleria Manfrediana in Venice (see last image) where the work is attributed to the Florentine painter and student of Ghirlandaio, Domenico di Bartolomeo Ubaldini, called Puligo (1492-1527).
Our painting is registered in Bernard Berenson's database of 'Homeless Paintings of the Italian Renaissance' and documented with a photograph from 1926 - see the second but last image and cf.
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Internal Ref: Puligo


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 16th Century.


Height = 76 cm (29.9")
Width = 64 cm (25.2")
Depth = 5 cm (2.0")

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Erhardt Fine Art
United Kingdom

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