Bernardino Pinturicchio - The Virgin and Child, about 1490-1495

Bernardino Pinturicchio (Perugia, about 1452 - 1513, Siena)

The Virigin and Child, about 1490-1495

Tempera on panel, 30.2 x 26 cm (11 7/8 x 10 1/4 in.) panel


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Purchased by Bernard Berenson (1865–1959), American art historian, from the art dealer Emilio Costantini, Florence on 11 November 1901.
Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from Bernard Berenson, Florence on 19 February 1902 for £4,000, via Miss Toplady (a firm of art dealers established by Logan Pearsall Smith (1865–1946), brother-in-law of Bernard Berenson), London.


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Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 98.
Morris Carter. "Mrs. Gardner & The Treasures of Fenway Court" in Alfred M. Frankfurter (ed.). The Gardner Collection (New York, 1946), p. 60.
Sylvia Sprigge. Berenson, a Biography (Boston, 1960), pp. 183-85.
“Notes, Records, Comments.” Gardner Museum Calendar of Events 9, no. 37 (15 May 1966), p. 2. (excerpting Sylvia Sprigge, pp. 138-85)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 184-85.
David Alan Brown. "Berenson and Mrs. Gardner: The Connoisseur, the Collector and the Photograph." Fenway Court. (1978), pp. 24-29, no. 3.
Rollin van N. Hadley (ed.). The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stewart Gardner 1887-1924 (Boston, 1987), pp. 275-277, 279-284, 296, 309.
Pietrro Scarpellini and Maria Rita Silvestrelli. Pintoricchio (Milan, 2003), pp. 150, 154, fig. 23.
Carl Brandon Strehlke and Machtelt Brüggen Israëls. The Bernard and Mary Berenson Collection of European Paintings at Villa I Tatti (Milan, 2015), p. 756, no. A86.

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