Paolo di Giovanni Fei
The Assumption of the Virgin with Busts of the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin of the Annunciation
tempera on panel
painted surface: 66.5 × 38.1 cm (26 3/16 × 15 in)
Marchese Bonaventura Chigi Zondadari [1841-1908], Siena, by 1904;  his heirs; (Alberto Riccoboni, Italy), by 1947 or 1948;  (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); sold 1948 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1961 to NGA.  Robert Langton Douglas (“The Exhibition of Early Art in Siena,” The Nineteenth Century and After 57 : 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.  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.  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).