Madonna and Child
Madonna and Child

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Madonna and Child

Icilio F. Joni (Italian, 1866-1946)

Possibly Counts Orsini-Baroni, Florence, Italy. {1} Arturo Grassi, of (Luigi Grassi & Sons, Florence and Brooklyn, New York by 1947; {2} Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Cain, Indianapolis, Indiana in 1947; given to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1951.

{1} This information was given to Mr. Cain in a letter dated 5 August 1947 by the dealer Arturo Grassi and has not been verified, see IMA Historical File (51.98). No Counts Orsini-Baroni have been identified; Luca Orsini Baroni [1871-1948] was the Italian ambassador to Germany in the 1920s but it is not known if he has any relation.
{2} The art dealer, Luigi Grassi [1858-1940] and his brother Giulio are identified on the Art Looting Investigation Unit List of "Red-Flag" names, see Nancy Yeide et al., The AAM Guide to Provenance Research, 2001, p. 289. Arturo Grassi was Luigi's son. He and his sons, Marco and Luigi, continued the family business in Florence and Brooklyn, and were accused of illegally exporting Italian art in 1969, see New York Times, 25 May 1969.

Object Information

Icilio F. Joni (Italian, 1866-1946)
creation date
early 1900s
tempera and gold on wood
35-3/8 x 21-1/4 in.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr and Mrs. Joseph E. Cain
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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