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Inscription

upper center in the Madonna's halo: AVE.GRATIA.PRENA.DOM[INVS TECVM] (Hail, full of grace the Lord is with thee; from Luke 1:28)

Provenance

Possibly by 1810 kept at the collecting point of the Istituto di Belle Arti, Siena,[1] transferred there from one of the suppressed convents or monasteries. Probably acquired c. 1896 in Italy by (Charles Fairfax Murray, London and Florence), for (Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London); sold March 1898 to John G. Johnson [1841-1917], Philadelphia; apparently returned to (Thomas Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London); sold 30 September 1898 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[2] inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

Bibliography
1916
Berenson, Bernard, and William Roberts. Pictures in the Collection of P.A.B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: Early Italian and Spanish Schools. Philadelphia, 1916: unpaginated, repro.
1923
Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1923: unpaginated, repro.
1931
Paintings in the Collection of Joseph Widener at Lynnewood Hall. Intro. by Wilhelm R. Valentiner. Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, 1931: 154, repro.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 5.
1948
Paintings and Sculpture from the Widener Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1948 (reprinted 1959): 4, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 14.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 6, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 28, repro.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:65-66, II:pl. 39
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 46, repro.
2003
Boskovits, Miklós, and David Alan Brown, et al. Italian Paintings of the Fifteenth Century. The Systematic Catalogue of the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2003: 111-114, color repro., as Attributed to Benvenuto di Giovanni.