Madonna and Child

Master of Badia a Isola (Italian)

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This anonymous artist, named after an altarpiece in Badia a Isola (near Siena), may have been active in the workshop of Duccio, one of the most important Italian painters of the late 13th-early 14th century. His work blends progressive stylistic elements, such as the subtle tonal modeling of the faces and hands, with the persistent conservatism of the patterned gold striations in the Virgin's robe. This type of Byzantine chrysography was widely applied in Italian painting before Duccio introduced a more naturalistic, three-dimensional style in the mid-1280s.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Konopiste Castle, near Prague, Czechoslovakia, probably by 1914.{1} Count Sighard von Enzenberg, Schloss Tratzberg, Austria, probably before 1914.{2} (E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York, New York); Dr. George Henry Alexander Clowes [1877-1958], Indianapolis, Indiana, by 1936;{3} The Clowes Fund Collection, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1958-present.

{1} This provenance information is included in the exhibition catalogue Art unites Nations, E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York, 1957, no. 1 (ill).
{2} See Paintings from the Collection of George Henry Alexander Clowes: A Memorial Exhibition, John Herron Art Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana (now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields), 1959, cat. no. 21 (ill.) It is identified as being in the von Enzenberg Collection by Hilde Weigelt, "Madonna mit Kind von Segna de Bonaventura," Pantheon, XVIII, 1936, p. 258 (ill.)
{3} It was published with a Clowes Collection credit line in Raimond van Marle, "Two unknown paintings by Duccio de Buoninsegna," Apollo, October 1936, p. 214. G.H.A. Clowes purchased many paintings from E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York.

Object Information

Master of Badia a Isola (Italian)
creation date
about 1320
tempera and gold leaf on wood
approximately 24-1/2 x 20-1/2 x 2-1/4 in.
accession number
credit line
The Clowes Collection
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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