Cesare da Sesto
Madonna and Child with Saint John the Baptist and Saint George
oil on panel, transferred to hardboard
254.6 x 205.7 cm (100-1/4 x 81 in)
Commissioned c. 1515/1520 by the Church of San Domenico, Messina, Italy, until 1775; Sir John Francis Edward Acton [1736-1811], 6th Bart., Aldenham Hall, Shropshire; by inheritance to Sir Ferdinand Richard Edward Dalberg-Acton [1801-1837], 7th Bart., Aldenham Hall; by inheritance to John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, [1834-1902] 1st Baron Acton of Aldenham; (Acton sale, Christie's, London, 20 June 1896, no. 77 as Italian School); Johnson, probably buying for Sir Francis Cook [1817-1901], 1st Bart., Doughty House, Surrey; by inhertitance to Sir Frederick Lucas Cook [1844-1920], 2nd Bart.. Doughty House; by inheritance to Sir Herbert Frederick Cook [1868-1939], 3rd Bart., Doughty House; Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook, 4th bt. [1907-1978], Doughty House, and Cothay Manor, Somerset; sold 1948;  (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi) [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 10 March 1949; gift to Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1961, no 61.44.15.  See concordance of Cook Collection Paintings, assembled on the occasion of the publication of Elon Danziger,"The Cook Collection, its founder and inheritors," Burlington Magazine CXLVI, no. 1216, July 2004, no. 108.