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 Maestro dell`Adorazione di Glasgow, Master of the Glasgow Adoration (Italian artist, active early 16th century), Adoration of the Magi

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Title Adoration of the Magi
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Maestro dell`Adorazione di Glasgow, Master of the Glasgow Adoration (Italian artist, active early 16th century)
Previously attributed to manner of Foppa, Vincenzo (Italian painter, ca.1427-ca.1515)
Date Earliest possibly about 1500
Date Latest possibly about 1550
Description So far, the anonymous Master of the Glasgow Adoration to whom this work is attributed, has not been identified. Zeri (1954) connected the Adoration of the Magi with two other works: the San Lodovico da Tolosa, and the Sant' Agostino, (Bayerische Staatsgemaldesammlungen, Munich), and attributed them to an anonymous, early 16th century Neapolitan artist. In 1991, Naldi attributes several other works to the same anonymous master, now named the Master of the Glasgow Adoration. He places the works slightly earlier, emphasising influences of Pinturicchio and Arcuccio, and pointing at the extensive and refined gilded relief and pounced decoration in a vocabulary typical of late 15th century Neapolitan goldsmithing. Naldi supports a Neapolitan late 15th early 16th century attribution, and suggests that the Umbrian and Lombardian influences could have entered the artist's work through travel or through studying the works of these artists in Neapolitan churches.
Current Accession Number 586
Subject religion (Adoration of Magi); figure
Measurements 87.0 x 174 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mrs John Graham-Gilbert 1877.
Publications Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Corporation Galleries of Art, Glasgow, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Galleries, Glasgow, 1882, n. 582, p. 115, as early Italian), as Old Altar Piece – The Adoration of the Magi; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Corporation Galleries of Art, Glasgow, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Galleries, and of Kelvingrove Museum. Fifth edition, (Illustrated), Glasgow, 1892, n. 132, p. 29, as by School of Vincenzo Foppa, ? – 1492, Italian – Lombard), as Altar Piece – The Adoration of the Kings; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove, compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of the Corporation Museums and Art Galleries, Glasgow, 1902, n. 330, p. 54, as by School of Vincenzo Foppa, ? – 1492, Italian – Lombard; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures and Sculpture in the Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, Kelvingrove, Compiled by James Paton, Superintendent of all the Corporation Museums and Art Galleries. Ninth edition, Glasgow, 1903, n. 330, p. 60, as by School of Vincenzo Foppa, ? – 1492, Italian – Lombard; Catalogue (Illustrated) of the Old Masters Dutch, Flemish, Italian 1500-1700, Introduction by T.C.F. Bratchie, Corporation of Glasgow, Art Galleries and Museums, Kelvingrove, Glasgow, 1922, p. 122-3 as by School of Vincenza Foppa, died c.1515, Italian – Lombard) as Altar piece – The Adoration of the Kings;
Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Introduction by James Eggleton, Glasgow, 1935, p. 102-3 as by School of Vincenza Foppa, 1427-1516(?), Italian – Milanese) as Altar piece – The Adoration of the Kings; 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. 76, repr. b/w; Federico Zeri, 'Two Early Cinquecento Problems in South Italy. An Adoration of the Magi in the Glasgow Art Gallery. The Fitzwilliam Madonna and Saints', Burlington Magazine, XCVI, 1954, 614, pp. 147-150; Riccardo Naldi, ‘Sviluppi del ‘Maestro dell' Adorazione di Glasgow', Prospettiva: Rivista di storia dell' arte antica e moderna, Naples, July 1991, p. 63-77, repr. b/w. p.68;
Notes Naldi mentions Pietro Befulco and especially the late works of Pietro Buono as typical examples of that period, and possible models for the anonymous Master of the Glasgow Adoration. The Cena in casa del fariseo (Vatican Museums, Rome) seems to be a later work of this master, introducing 'classicist' Peruginesque influences. Naldi adds four more works to the master's oeuvre; Madonna del latte tra le sante Maria Maddalena e Caterina d'Alessandria (Private Sale, Milan); Santi Montano e Antonio da Padova (Museum Diocesano of Gaeta) showing the Raphaelesque influence of Andrea da Salerno; a Madonna delle Grazie tra I Santi Francesco d'Assisi e Girolamo (Museum Duca di Martina, Naples); and possibly the Madonna delle Grazie tra I santi Girolamo e Caterina d'Alessandria (Maori, San Francesco).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Erma Hermens
 

 

 

 

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