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S. Pier Maggiore, Florence, until 1783, when the church partially collapsed. A marble worker's shop in Piazza della Madonna, Florence. (Tito Gagliardi, via della Scala, Florence); sold c. 1880 to Nathaniel de Rothschild [1836-1905], Vienna;[1] his nephew, Baron Alphons de Rothschild [1878-1942], Vienna;[2] his widow, Baroness Clarice de Rothschild [1894-1967]; sold 1951 through (Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York) to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA.

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Bibliography

1510
Albertini, Francesco. Memoriale di molte statue et picture. Florence, 1510: 171-172 [Memorial of many statues and paintings in the illustrious city of Florence by Francesco Albertini (1510) Facsimile in critical edition, Waldemar H. de Boer and Michael W. Kwakkelstein, eds. Florence, 2010: 182-183, repro.]
1591
Bocchi, Francesco. Le bellezze della città di Firenze. Florence, 1591:157 (Facsimile ed. John Shearman, London, 1971).
1677
Giovanni Cinelli, ed. Francesco Bocchi. Le bellezze della città di Firenze. Florence, 1677: 356
1754
Richa, Giuseppe. Notizie storiche delle chiese fiorentine. 10 vols. Florence, 1754-1762: I (1754): 144.
1765
Cambiagi, Gaetano. L’Antiquario Fiorentino. Florence, 1765 (and later editions): 77, as by Gregorio da Settignano.
1789
Follini, Vincenzio and Modesto Rastrelli. Firenze antica e moderna illustrata. 8 vols., Florence, 1789-1802: V (1794): 85, 91-92.
1832
Masselli, Giovanni, ed. Le opere di Giorgio Vasari, pittore e architetto aretino. 2 vols. Florence. 1832-1838: 349, n. 8.
1845
Moisè, F. Santa Croce di Firenze, Florence, 1845: 124.
1875
La parrocchia di San Martino a Majano: Cenni storici. Florence, 1875: 94.
1890
Da Prato, Cesare. Desiderio da Settignano e diverse opera sue. Florence, 1890: 35-36 and correction slip.
1903
Bouchaud, Pierre de. Les successeurs de Donatello. Paris, 1903: 95-96.
1903
Cocchi, Arnaldo. Le chiese di Firenze dal secolo IV al secolo XX. Florence, 1903: vol. 1: 101, as unlocated.
1903
Rothschild, Nathaniel. Notizen über einige meiner Kunstgegenstände. Vienna, 1903: no. 116.
1905
Schottmüller, Frida. “Desiderio da Settignano.” Das Museum X (1905): 53-56, repro., esp. 55.
1907
Schottmüller, Frida. “Desiderio da Settignano.” In Thieme, Ulrich, and Felix Becker, eds. Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. 37 vols. Leipzig, 1907-1950: 9 (1913):132.
1908
Galletti, Paolo, ed., “Ricordi antichi d'arte fiorentina.” Notes from c. 1550-1600. Rivista fiorentina 1 part 2 (October 1908): 25.
1912
Carocci, Guido. “Notizie del mese di settembre. La chiesa di S. Pier Maggiore e la sua demolizione.” L’Illustratore Fiorentino 9 September 1912: 118-122, esp. 122.
1919
Schubring, Paul. Die Italienische Plastik des Quattrocento. Berlin, c. 1919: 120.
1938
Wackernagel, Martin. Der Lebensraum des Künstlers in der florentinischen Renaissance. Leipzig, 1938: 89. English ed., The World of the Florentine Renaissance Artist, translated by Alison Luchs, Princeton, 1981: 84, as lost.
1940
Paatz, Walter and Elisabeth. Die Kirchen von Florenz. Frankfurt, 1940- 1954: 4 (1952): 639, 654, n. 55.
1942
Planiscig, Leo. Desiderio da Settignano. Vienna, 1942: 22, 44-45, repro. figs. 19-21, as prototype for a series of freestanding tabernacles in Tuscan churches, parts surviving.
1949
Galassi, Guiseppe. La scultura fiorentina del quattrocento. Milan, 1949: 163.
1951
Davies, Martin. National Gallery Catalogues. The Earlier Italian Schools. London, 1951: 307 n. 22.
1953
Paatz, Walter. Die Kunst der Renaissance in Italien. Stuttgart, 1953: 82, 182 n. 134.
1955
Kurz, Otto. “A Group of Florentine Drawings for an Altar.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 18 (1955): 35-53, esp. 50.
1956
Cardellini, Ida. “Desiderio e il Tabernacolo di San Lorenzo.” Critica d’Arte 14 (1956): 68-75, esp. 71 .
1956
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Colllection Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 1951-56. Introduction by John Walker, text by William E. Suida and Fern Rusk Shapley. National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1956: 220-223, no. 88, repro., as Tabernacle.
1957
Bulla, J. M. An Introduction to Florentine Sculpture in the XV Century. London, 1957: 61
1958
Pope-Hennessy, John. Italian Renaissance Sculpture. London, 1958: 302.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 403, repro., as Tabernacle.
1961
Davies, Martin. National Gallery Catalogues. The Earlier Italian Schools. London, 1961: 396 n. 24.
1962
Ida Cardellini, Ida. Desiderio da Settignano. Milan, 1962: 252-256, repro., as eighteenth or nineteenth century re-creation, based largely on Benedetto da Maiano.
1964
Hans Caspary. Das Sakraments-tabernakel in Italien biz zum Konzil von Trient. Munich, 1964: 54-55, 144-145, nn. 124-125
1964
Schulz, Anne Markham. "Review of Cardellini 1962." The Art Bulletin 46 (1964): 239-247, esp. 242, 243, 246, as stem and house executed “at least under Desiderio’s close supervision,” dome, lantern and base late.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 152, as Tabernacle.
1966
Vasari, Giorgio. Le vite de’ più eccellenti pittori, scultori e architettori nelle redazioni del 1550 e 1568. Edited by Rosannna Bettarini and Paola Barocchi. 8 vols. Florence, 1966-1987: 3:401.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 135, repro., as Tabernacle.
1973
Vasari,Giorgio. Le vite. Licia e Carlo Ragghianti, Eds. Updated by G. Innamorati. 3 vols. Milan, 1971-1976: 2 (1973): 302-303, n. 9.
1976
Middeldorf, Ulrich. Sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools XIV-XIX Century. London, 1976: 16-19, repro. figs 30-33.
1981
Vines, Grizel Cochrane. Desiderio da Settignano. Ph.D dissertation, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1981: 163-166, repro. pl. 79, 80, 81, as possibly executed by sculptors from Desiderio’s circle based on his sketch.
1988
Davies, Martin. National Gallery Catalogues. The Earlier Italian Schools. London, 1988: 53 n. 2.
1994
Gentilini, Giancarlo. “Fonti e tabernacoli…pile, pilastri e sepulture: arredi marmorei della bottega dei da Maiano.” In Daniela Lamberini, Marcello Lotti and Roberto Lunardi, eds.. Giuliano e la bottega dei da Maiano. Atti del convegno internazionale di studi (Fiesole, 1991). Florence, 1994: 182-195, esp. 192 and 195, nn. 98-99. repro 192, fig. 141, as Benedetto da Maiano (?), c. 1460/1470.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 72, repro.
1995
Harms, Martina. Matteo Civitali. Bildhauer der Frührenaissance in Lucca. Münster, 1995: 45-46, as possibly the San Piero Maggiore ciborium.
1999
Norman Herz, Katherine A. Holbrow and Shelley G. Sturman. "Marble Sculture in the National Gallery of Art: a Provenance Study." In Max Schvoerer, ed. Archéomatériaux: marbres et autres roches: ASMOSIA IV, Bordeaux, France 9-13 october 1995: actes de la IVème Conférence international de l’Association pour l’étude des marbres et autres roches utilizes dans le passé. Talence, 1999: 101-110, esp. 103.
2001
Coonin, Victor. In Andrew Butterfield and Anthony Radcliffe, eds. Masterpieces of Renaissance Art. Eight Rediscoveries. Exh. cat. Salander-O’Reilly Gallery, New York, 2001-2002: 17, as not Desiderio or from San Pier Maggiore.
2004
Caglioti, Francesco. In Matteo Civitali e il suo tempo. Pittori, scultori e orafi a Lucca nel tardo Quattrocento. Ex. Cat. Lucca, Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi. Milan 2004: 408, repro., as Benedetto da Maiano, 1464-1465.
2006
Bocchi, Francesco. The Beauties of the City of Florence. A Guidebook of 1591. Introduced, translated and annotated by Thomas Frangenberg and Robert Williams. London 2006: 170 n. 491, repro. 169.
2006
Caglioti, Francesco. “Altari eucaristici scolpiti del primo Rinascimento: qualche caso maggiore.” In Jörg Stabenow, ed. Lo Spazio e il Culto. Relazioni tra edificio ecclesiale e uso liturgico dal XV al XVI secolo. Venice, 2006: 53-89, esp. 67, nn. 30-31, as not Desiderio.
2007
Gentilini, Giancarlo. In Desiderio da Settignano: Sculptor of Renaissance Florence. Exh. cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris; Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Milan, 2007: repro. 26, 31, as Desiderio and Benedetto da Maiano, c. 1463-1465.
2008
Nierhaus, Andreas. "Vor-Bild Frankreich. Die Paläste der Familie Rothschild im Wiener Belvedere-Viertel." Österreichische Zeitschrift für Kunst und Denkmalpflege 62, no. 1 (2008): 78 fig. 90.
2010
Derenthal, Ludger and Christine Kühn, ed. Ein neuer Blick: Architekturfotographie aus den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. Exh. cat. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, 2010. Berlin, 2010: 213, fig. 137.
2011
Gordon, Dillian. The Italian Paintings Before 1400. National Gallery Catalogues. London, 2011: 91, n. 190.
2011
Strozzi, Beatrice Paolozzi. "Desiderio, Matteo Palmieri e un'opera perduta." In Connors, Joseph, Alessandro Nova, Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi and Gerhard Wolf, eds. Papers from a colloquium held at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut, and at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence, May 9-12, 2007 on occasion of the exhibition in Florence dedicated to Desiderio da Settignano. Venice, 2011: 61-78, repro. fig 12 as Benedetto da Maiano.
2012
Vasari, Giorgio. Das Leben des Giuliano da Maiano, Antonio und Bernardo Rossellino, Desiderio da Settignano und Benedetto da Maiano. Translated by Victoria Lorini. Sabine Feser and Christina Irlenbusch, eds. Berlin, 2012: 47 and 122, n. 14, as completed by Benedetto da Maiano 1463-1465.
2013
Davies, Paul. “Framing the Miraculous: The Devotional Functions of Perspective in Italian Renaissance Tabernacle Design.” Art History 36:5 (November 2013): 898-921, repro. 902 as Desiderio, schematic repro. 910, 920 n. 11.

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