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Attributed to manner of Sogliani, Giovanni Antonio (Italian painter, 1492-1544) , The Adoration of the Magi

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Title The Adoration of the Magi
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Kelvingrove Museum
Artist Attributed to manner of Sogliani, Giovanni Antonio (Italian painter, 1492-1544)
Previously attrubuted to Perugino (Italian painter and draftsman, ca. 1450-1523)
Previously attributed to manner of Bacchiacca (Italian painter, 1494-1557)
Date Earliest possibly about 1470
Date Latest possibly 1544
Description The richly dressed man on the far right in the Adoration of the Magi is most likely the donor, his robe touching a shield with a coat of arms bearing two snake heads on the left and red and white diamonds on the right (not identified). The Madonna and Child correspond in style with their counterparts in a panel attributed to the Florentine painter Giovanni Antonio Sogliani (1452-1544) (National Gallery London, oil on wood, 17.3 x 10.4 cm, c. 1520-40). According to Vasari, Sogliani worked for twenty-four years as Lorenzo di Credi's assistant. His work continues the Florentine-classical style of Andrea del Sarto and Fra Bartolommeo, without adapting to contemporary stylistic changes. A minor artist, he worked mainly for a provincial and monastic market. Considering its classic style and static figures, the Glasgow panel should be dated before 1500. Possibly the panel was made to be inserted into the side panel of a small cassone, a wedding chest.
Current Accession Number 214
Subject religion (Adoration of the Magi); figure; landscape
Measurements 21.6 x 45.1 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan 1854.
Provenance Possibly bought from John Smith, London, July 1846 (15), as 'a composition of 6 figures by Perugino'
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. 340, p. 69, as by Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), 1446-1524, Italian-Umbrian; 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. 339, p. 68, as by Perugino (Pietro Vannucci), 1446-1524, Italian-Umbrian; 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. 54, p. 9, as by Francesco Ubertini, known as Bacchiacca, 1494-1557, Italian-Florentine; 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, as by Francesco Ubertini, 1494-1557, Italian-Florentine; 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. 119 as by Francesco Ubertini Bacchiacca, 1494-1557, Italian-Florentine; Catalogue Descriptive and Historical of the Pictures in the Glasgow Art Galleries and Museums, Introduction by James Eggleton, Glasgow, 1935, p. 14 as by Francesco Libertini Bacchiacca, 1494-1557, Italian-Florentine; 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. 92, repr. b/w;
Notes Inscription on back: [. . .] Pietro Perugino L. 60 un'; old blue bordered label: 145' in ink 34' in pencil; old red seal (damaged).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Dr Erma Hermens
 

 

 

 

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