This painting was originally executed on fresh plaster on a wall in the church of Santa Lucia del Mercato, in the Italian city of Fabriano. The unidentified artist is named for a painting done in the same style now in a museum in Urbino. His art is distinguished by direct emotional appeal and an...
This painting was originally executed on fresh plaster on a wall in the church of Santa Lucia del Mercato, in the Italian city of Fabriano. The unidentified artist is named for a painting done in the same style now in a museum in Urbino. His art is distinguished by direct emotional appeal and an interest in imposing, substantial bodies. This is one of very few detached frescoes from this period and of this size in an American museum.
About 1360/1370, church of Santa Lucia del Mercato, Fabriano, Italy (original commission); 19th century, removed from Santa Lucia and transferred to canvas [see note 1]. With Tartuferi, Bologna [see note 2]. 1894 until 1916, Corsini Collection, Palazzo Corsini, Rome. Convent of Sant'Antonio, Rome. Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome. 1929, Professor Publio Podio, Bologna; September, 1929, sold by Podio to Piero Tozzi for the Brummer Gallery, New York [see note 3]; about 1929, sold by the Brummer Gallery to William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York and Los Angeles; April 19, 1940, sold by Hearst, through Parish-Watson and Co., New York, to the Brummer Gallery (stock no. N4560); 1940, sold by Brummer to the MFA for $15,500. (Accession Date: June 11, 1940) NOTES:  Other sections of the fresco cycle are today at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester (Annunciation to Zacharias) and the Palazzo Barberini, Rome (Birth of John the Baptist).  Information about the provenance of the fresco, from Tartuferi to the Castel Sant'Angelo, is taken from W. G. Constable's article, "A Fresco of the School of Rimini," MFA Bulletin 39, no. 234 (August, 1941): 48.  Information about the Brummer Gallery's transactions is taken from a letter from Joseph Brummer to W. G. Constable (May 3, 1940) and an interview with Piero Tozzi (recorded February 11, 1949). The Brummer stock card clarifies that it was purchased in 1940 from Parish-Watson and Co., presumably representing Hearst.
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