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Domenico Gagini
The Nativity

c. 1460
90 x 52 cm (35 7/16 x 20 1/2 in)
Benedetto da Maiano, 1442-1497
Possibly the Manfredi family, Florence. [1] Possibly a church, Naples, in the late 19th century. [2] Henry Harris [d. 1950], London. [3] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); purchased June 1937 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [4] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] This information comes from the bill of sale between Contini-Bonacossi and the Kress Foundation; see note 4. [2] Francesco Caglioti, e-mail to Alison Luchs, 1 May 2009, in NGA curatorial files. [3] Wilhelm R. Valentiner ("The Early Development of Domenico Gagini," The Burlington Magazine [May 1940]: 76) and Ulrich Middeldorf (Complete Catalogue of the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Sculptures XIV-XIX Century, London, 1976: 60-61) place the sculpture in the Harris collection, but do not indicate when. [4] The bill of sale for the purchase of a number of paintings and this sculpture is dated 18 June 1937; copy in NGA curatorial files.
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