ALESSANDRO FILIPEPI, CALLED SANDRO BOTTICELLI (FLORENCE 1444/5-1510)
Madonna of the Magnificat
tempera, oil and gold on panel, tondo
Diameter: 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm.)
Rev. J.M. Rhodes, Florence (acquired in Florence in the late 19th century).
Ayerst Hooker Buttery, London.
Julius Böhler, Munich (1926).
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London (acquired from the above, 16 November 1951).
Mount Trust Collection (Captain and Mrs. Vivian F. Bulkeley-Johnson) (acquired from the above, 31 December 1951); sale, Christie's, London, 1 December 1978, lot 113 (as Botticelli and Workshop).
The Matthiesen Gallery, London; P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London and Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York (by 1978).
Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection (acquired from the above, 1980).
Acquired from the above through Matthiesen Fine Art by the late owner, 1999.
M. Hauptmann, Der Tondo: Ursprung, Bedeutung und Geschichte des Italienischen Rundbildes in Relief und Malerei, Frankfurt am Main, 1936, p. 190, no. 3 (under note 2, as a ‘Wiederholung’).
D. Sutton, "The Mount Trust Collection" in The Connoisseur, October 1960, vol. CXLVI, no. 588, p. 103 (illustrated, p. 104, fig. 5; as Botticelli).
St. J. Gore, "In Memoriam: Horace Buttery" in Apollo, vol. LXXVII, June 1963, p. 495 (illustrated, fig. 2, p. 495; as Botticelli).
"The Early Renaissance in Tuscany" in The Burlington Magazine, March 1965, vol. CVII, no. 744, p. 109 (as Botticelli).
R. Lightbown, Sandro Botticelli: Complete Catalogue, London, 1978, vol. II, p. 44 (under the entry for the Uffizi Madonna of the Magnificat, no. B29, as a reduced version).
D. Sutton, "I. Early Italian Painting Reconsidered" in Apollo, vol. CXXV, p. 6 (illustrated, p. 6, fig. 5; as Botticelli).
B.L. Brown, ed., 2001: An Art Odyssey 1500-1720, Classicism, Mannerism, Caravaggism & Baroque, exh. cat., London, 2001, p. 30 (illustrated in color, p. 31; as Botticelli).
A. Cecchi, Botticelli, Milan, 2005, p. 279, note 70 (as Workshop of Botticelli).
F. Zöllner, Sandro Botticelli, Munich and New York, 2005, p. 210 (under no. 36, as a contemporary copy or replica).
P. Matthiesen, Visions & Ecstasy: G.B. Castiglione’s St Francis, exh. cat., London, 2013, p. 16 (illustrated, p. 17, fig. 2; as Botticelli).
R.J.M. Olson, "Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat: New Discoveries about its Iconography, Patron and Serial Repetition" in Sandro Botticelli (1445-1510): Artist and Entrepreneur in Renaissance Florence, Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Dutch University for Art History, Florence, 20-21 June 2014, Florence, 2015, pp. 140-145 (illustrated, p. 141, fig. 7; as Botticelli and Workshop).
M. Gianeselli in Botticelli: Artiste & Designer, A. Debenedetti, ed., Paris and Brussells, 2021, exh. cat., p. 190 (under no. 43, as a variant).
London, The National Gallery, 1960-1978 (on extended loan).
London, Agnews, Horace Buttery, 1902-1962: A Memorial Exhibition, June-June 1963, p. 8, no. 13 (as Botticelli).
London, Wildenstein & Co., Ltd., The Art of Painting in Florence and Siena from 1250-1500, February-April 1965, no. 60 (illustrated, fig. 54; as Botticelli).
Warsaw, Royal Castle, Opus Sacrum: The Collection of Barbara Piasecka Johnson, April-July 1990, pp. 88 and 90-93, no. 13 (illustrated in color, p. 89; entry by L. Puppi; as Botticelli and workshop).
London, The National Gallery, Renaissance Florence: The Art of the 1470’s, October 1999-January 2000, p. 328, no. 84 (illustrated in color, p. 329; entry by N. Penny; as Botticelli).
Seattle Art Museum, April 2007-January 2008 (on loan, as Botticelli).
San Francisco, Legion of Honor, Truth & Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites & The Old Masters, June-September 2018, p. 152 (illustrated in color, pl. 71; as Botticelli).
Seattle Art Museum, A Cultural Legacy: A Series of Paintings from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, November 2019-March 2020 (as Botticelli).
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