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Part of the predella of the altarpiece commissioned 23 October 1461 for the altar of the Compagnia della Purificazione della Vergine (also called of San Marco or of San Zanobi) [Confraternity of the Purification of the Virgin] in the confraternity's meeting place near the church of San Marco, Florence;[1] transferred 1 May 1506 to the newly built Oratory of the confraternity across the street flanking San Marco,[2] and in 1570, possibly divided from the altarpiece, to the confraternity's new seat in Via San Gallo.[3] by 1757 the altarpiece, possibly no longer complete with predella, was in the refectory of the Ospedale dei Pellegrini (or del Melani) in Via San Gallo, where it remained until 1785.[4] marchese Alfonso Tacoli Canacci [1724-1801], Florence, by 1796; by inheritance to his nephew, Petro Tacoli [1773-1847], Modena.[5] Count Vittorio Cini [1885-1977], Venice, in the 1940s.[6] (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York); sold June 1949 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[7] gift 1952 to NGA.

Exhibition History

2002
Benozzo Gozzoli (1420-1497): allievo a Roma, maestro in Umbria, Museo Civico di San Francesco, Montefalco, 2002, no. 34, repro.

Bibliography

1950
Shapley, Fern Rusk. "A Predella Panel by Benozzo Gozzoli," Gazette des Beaux-Arts (February 1950):77-88, repro.
1951
Einstein, Lewis. Looking at Italian Pictures in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1951: 34-35, repro., as Dance of Salome and Beheading of John the Baptist.
1951
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 1945-1951. Introduction by John Walker, text by William E. Suida. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1951: 50, no. 13, repro., as Dance of Salome and Beheading of St. John the Baptist.
1952
Frankfurter, Alfred M. "Interpreting Masterpieces: Twenty-four Paintings from the Kress Collection." Art News Annual 16 (1952): 90, repro. 87
1956
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1956: 16, color repro., as Dance of Salome and Beheading of Saint John the Baptist.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 64, repro.
1959
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Early Italian Painting in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1959 (Booklet Number Three in Ten Schools of Painting in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.): pl. 16
1961
Seymour 1961 (Kress), 29, color repro. pl. 26
1962
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Treasures from the National Gallery of Art, New York, 1962: 14, color repro.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 299, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 61
1966
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 1:42, color repro.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 53, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 162, repro.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:229-230, II:pl. 156
1979
Watson, Ross. National Gallery of Art. London, 1979: 27, pl. 11, color repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 90, no. 52, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 186, repro.
1996
Ahl, Diane Cole. Benozzo Gozzoli. New Haven, 1996: 224-225.
1998
Faxon, Alicia Craig. "Dance/Dancers/Dancing." In Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art. 2 vols. Edited by Helene E. Roberts. Chicago and London, 1998: 1:208, 209.
1998
Faxon, Alicia Craig. "Fatal Woman/Femme Fatale." In Encyclopedia of Comparative Iconography: Themes Depicted in Works of Art 2 vols. Chicago, 1998: 1:320.
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: 346-351, color repro.
2003
Gregori, Mina, ed. In the Light of Apollo: Italian Renaissance and Greece. Exh. cat. National Gallery and Alexandros Souzos Museum, Athens, 2003-2004: 116, fig. 15, as The Dance of Salome.

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