"Remember me, O Mother of God. O Queen of Heaven, rejoice." These words, taken from an Easter psalm sung in the Virgin's honor, appear on the golden arch at the top of Carlo Crivelli's Madonna and Child Enthroned with Donor. The donor, the Albanian ecclesiastic Prenta di Giorgio, kneels in prayer near the Virgin's crown.
Crivelli's painting originally constituted the central section of a polyptych in the parish church at Porto San Giorgio, near Fermi. The crisp, sculptural forms reflect Crivelli's probable training in the humanist center of Padua. Yet the manner in which Crivelli's figures are modeled in light and shade also expresses a broader Renaissance concern with direct observation of nature.
Crivelli's very personal, almost metallic style must in large part be explained by the events of his life. He was born in Venice where the Gothic tradition lingered well into the fifteenth century. After spending some time in Padua, he settled in the Marches on the Adriatic, and there remained relatively unaffected by new trends.
on the arch of the throne: MEMENTO.MEI.MATER.DEI.REGINA.CELI.LETARE (Remember me, O Mother of God, O Queen of Heaven rejoice!; _Regina Coeli_ from an Easter antiphon)
Church of San Giorgio, Porto San Giorgio (the port of Fermo); recorded in 1771 and probably remained in the church until it was demolished in 1803; temporarily in the church of the Suffragio, then with the Salvadori family, Porto San Giórgio, by 1832; installed 1834 in the rebuilt church of San Giorgio; sold by Luigi Salvadori, then resold 1835 by the prior of the commune of Porto San Giorgio, to Henry Hudson, Portuguese embassy, Rome. William Ward, 1st earl of Dudley [1817-1885, created earl 1860], Witley Court, Worcestershire, by 1851; (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 7 April 1876, no. 135 [same lot as four other panels from Porto San Giórgio polyptych]); purchased by (Martin Colnaghi, London). Sir Francis Cook, 1st bt. [1817-1901], Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey; by inheritance to his son, Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd bt. [1844-1920], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd bt. [1868-1939], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook, 4th bt. [1907-1978], Doughty House and Cothay Manor, Somerset; sold 31 October 1944 through (Francis A. Drey, London) to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1952 to NGA.
- Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly, London, 1851.
- Exhibition of Works by The Old Masters. Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1902, no. 20, as Virgin and Child.
- A Collection of Pictures of the Early Venetian School and Other Works of Art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1912, no. 2 (no. 7 and pl. VI of illustrated catalogue, titled Early Venetian Pictures and Other Works of Art).
- Exhibition of Italian Art 1200-1900, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1930, no. 205 (no. 193 in commemorative catalogue published 1931; not in souvenir catalogue).
- Recent Additions to the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1946, no. 794.
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- European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 28, repro.
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- European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 88, repro.
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- Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 116, no. 96, color repro.
- European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 107, repro.
- National Gallery of Art, Washington. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 19, repro.
- 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: 230-235, color repro.
- Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 26, no. 19, color repro.