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image of Madonna and Child Antonello da Messina (artist)
Sicilian, c. 1430 - 1479
Madonna and Child, c. 1475
oil and tempera on panel transferred from panel
painted surface: 58.1 x 43.2 cm (22 7/8 x 17 in.) overall: 58.9 x 43.7 cm (23 3/16 x 17 3/16 in.) framed: 86.7 x 74.8 x 8.3 cm (34 1/8 x 29 7/16 x 3 1/4 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.30
On View
From the Tour: Venetian Painting in the Early Renaissance
Object 1 of 7

Provenance

William Graham [1817-1885], London.[1] Robert Henry [1850-1929] and Evelyn Holford [1856-1943] Benson, London and Buckhurst Park, Sussex, by 1901;[2] sold 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York). Clarence H. Mackay [1874-1938], Roslyn, New York, by 1929; sold to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York); purchased 15 December 1936 by The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[3] gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] Ellis Waterhouse, in a note of 22 July 1980 in NGA curatorial files, suggests that the painting may have been lot 177 (Florentine School, Virgin and Child, bought by Colnaghi) in the Graham sale at Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 2-3 and 8-10 April 1886, 3rd day; nos. 167 and 169 (both listed as Unknown, Virgin and Child) are also possible candidates.

[2] Bernard Berenson, Lorenzo Lotto: An Essay in Constructive Art Criticism, London, 1901: 52, note 1; Tancred Borenius, "La mostra di dipinti veneziani primitive al Burlington Fine Arts Club," RassA 12, no. 6 (June 1912): 89.

[3] The original Duveen Brothers invoice is in Gallery Archives, copy in NGA curatorial files.

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