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Lorenzo Monaco
Madonna and Child

tempera on panel
painted surface: 113.5 × 52.8 cm (44 11/16 × 20 13/16 in)
Masson collection, Amiens, by 1904. [1] (Édouard Larcade, Paris), by 1927. (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence), by 1938; [2] sold September 1939 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1943 to NGA. [1] Osvald Sirén, Don Lorenzo Monaco, Strasbourg, 1905: 88-89. [2] Raimond van Marle (The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, 19 vols., The Hague, 1923-1938: 9[1927]: 162) notes that at that time the painting was no longer in the Masson collection. A manuscript annotation on a photo of the painting in the archives of the Biblioteca Berenson at I Tatti, Florence, dated 30 November 1927, states it then belonged to E. Larcade, Paris. Expertises by Giuseppe Fiocco and Wilhelm Suida written in English (apparently for Contini-Bonacossi in expectation of the sale to Samuel H. Kress; copies in NGA curatorial files) are dated May 1938. George Pudelko (“The stylistic development of Lorenzo Monaco,” The Burlington Magazine 73 [1938]: 237-248 and 74 [1939]: 76-81) describes the painting as belonging to Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi. [3] The painting was included on a bill of sale between the Kress Foundation and Contini-Bonacossi dated 1 September 1939, where it is described as “formerly in the Musee Masson, Amiens and in the Larcade Collection, Saint Germain” (copy in NGA curatorial files).
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