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Giovanni di Francesco Toscani
Scene in a Court of Love: Filocolo's Parable

c. 1425
tempera and gold on panel
39.1 x 122.4 cm (15-3/8 x 48-3/16 in)
Visconti, Milan. Alexis-François, Chevalier Artaud de Montor [1772-1849], Paris. [1] (Art Market, Paris in 1925). (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 13 September 1931 as Rossello di Jacopo Franchi; gift to the National Gallery of Art in 1939; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift to Chazen Museum of Art [formerly Elvehjem Art Center], University of Wisconsin in 1961, no. 61.4.3. [1] According to the Chazen Museum of Art, the painting was not identified by artist in the Artaud de Montor Sale in Paris on 16-17 January 1851. After a stay in Rome, where he worked at the French embassy, Artaud de Montor served as a secretary in the French embassy in Florence between 1805 and 1808. His collection was probably formed largely during that time; in 1808 it already numbered 110 pieces and two years later 150 works. See J. Perot, "Canova et les diplomates français à Rome: François Cacault et Alexis Artaud de Montor," Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art français [1980]: 221-222.
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