Neroccio di Bartolommeo de'Landi - A Hero of Antiquity, about 1500

Neroccio di Bartolommeo de'Landi (Siena, 1447 - 1500, Siena)

A Hero of Antiquity, about 1500

Tempera on panel, 85.7 x 52.7 cm (33 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.)


Object details

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Entered Isabella Stewart Gardner's collection before 1896.


Bernard Berenson. "Les Peintures Italiennes de New York et de Boston." Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1896), pp. 203, 206-07, ill. (as Baldassare Peruzzi)
Art Exhibition: Mrs. John L. Gardner, 152 Beacon St., Boston. Exh. cat. (Boston, 1899), p. 7, no. 12. (as Peruzzi)
Catalogue. Fenway Court. (Boston, 1903), p. 11. (as Peruzzi, entitled "Portraits of Princes of the Medici Family")
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 333-35. (as Luca Signorelli)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 110. (as Luca Signorelli)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), p. 235. (as Sienese)
Laurence Kanter in Keith Christiansen et al. Painting in Renaissance Siena 1420-1500. Exh. cat. (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988), p. 358 (as follower of Neroccio di Bartolomeo de' Landi)
Laurence Kanter in Hilliard Goldfarb et al. Italian Paintings and Drawings Before 1800 in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1996-2000). (as Neroccio di Bartolomeo de' Landi)
Fausto Calderai and Alan Chong. Furnishing a Museum: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Collection of Italian Furniture (Boston, 2011), p.115, fig. e. (as Neroccio di Bartolomeo de' Landi, dated about 1496)

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This painting is part of a group of of images of ancient heroes that were set into the walls of a Renaissance interior. With the ornate costumes, rakish pose (one hip thrust out), and long hair, the figures merge classical heroes with fashionable young men of Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance enthusiasm for such heroic figures may be found in other works in this gallery. Look for Romans with drawn swords in The Story of Lucretia and the figure of Saint George battling a dragon.


Neroccio di Bartolommeo de'Landi

A Hero of Antiquity