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Neroccio de’Landi (1447 – 1500)
Madonna and Child with Saint Anthony Abbot and Saint Sigismund
 c. 1490/1495, tempera on wood, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1952.5.17


Photograph: Mario Sansoni, before 1925, silver gelatin print



This photograph was taken before 1925 while the painting was in the collection of Ireneo Magi, the mayor of Rapolano, Italy. Many losses are apparent, especially along the joins of the panels, the lower border, and the head of St. Anthony’s pig. Note also the additions at the top corners denoting where the triangular gable, probably containing an image of God the Father blessing, was removed.


After 1920s restoration. Photograph: Murray Studio, 1930s, silver gelatin print, Jacques Seligman & Co. photo collection

This image from the Jacques Seligman & Co. photo collection shows the painting after its late 1920s restoration. The losses have been inpainted and the lower border and pig have been reconstructed. Seligman sold the painting to Samuel H. Kress in 1943.


Current state. Photograph: National Gallery of Art

The current state of the painting reflects a 2007-8 treatment by the National Gallery of Art, which further concealed the panel’s numerous losses. The panel had been treated previously in 1944 by Kress Foundation restorer Stephen Pichetto.