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Domenico Ghirlandaio
Madonna and Child

c. 1470/1475
tempera on panel, transferred to hardboard
painted surface: 70.8 x 48.9 cm (27 7/8 x 19 1/4 in)
Mrs. E.L. Scott, possibly London; (sale, Sotheby's, London, 22 April 1953, no. 32, as by Verrocchio); purchased by (Hazlitt Gallery, London); (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); sold June 1954 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [1] gift 1961 to NGA. [1] On 7 June 1954 the Kress Foundation made an offer to Contini-Bonacossi for sixteen paintings, including the NGA painting which was listed as by Verrocchio. In a draft of one of the documents prepared for the Count's signature in connection with the offer this painting is described as "Madonna and Child by Verrocchio, recently purchased by me in London." The Count accepted the offer on 30 June 1954; the final payment for the purchase was ultimately made in early 1957, after the Count's death in 1955. (See copies of correspondence in NGA curatorial files.)
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