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Paolo di Giovanni Fei
The Assumption of the Virgin with Busts of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the Annunciation

c. 1400/1405
tempera on panel
painted surface: 66.5 × 38.1 cm (26 3/16 × 15 in)
Marchese Bonaventura Chigi Zondadari [1841-1908], Siena, by 1904; [1] his heirs; (Alberto Riccoboni, Italy), by 1947 or 1948; [2] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); sold 1948 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1961 to NGA. [1] Robert Langton Douglas (“The Exhibition of Early Art in Siena,” The Nineteenth Century and After 57 [1904]: 763; James Archer Crowe and Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle, A History of Painting in Italy, ed. Robert Langton Douglas, 6 vols., London, 1903-1914: 3(1908): 131 n. 3) and F. Mason Perkins (“Dipinti senesi sconosciuti o inediti,” Rassegna d’Arte antica e moderna 1 (1914): 99) confirm his ownership. Various authors, through Bernard Berenson (Pitture italiane del Rinascimento, Milan, 1936: 159), continued to mention that the painting belonged to the Chigi Zondadari family. [2] The dealer Alberto Riccoboni (Quattrocento Pitture Inedite, exh. cat., Venice, 1947: 5) gives no ownership; presumably the painting still belonged to the Chigi Zondadari family at the time and was only entrusted to Riccoboni for sale in the following year. [3] The Kress Foundation made an offer to Contini-Bonacossi on 7 June 1948 for a group of twenty-eight paintings, including this one; the offer was accepted on 11 July 1948 (see copies of correspondence in NGA curatorial files).
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