Piero della Francesca - Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino, late 18th century

After Piero della Francesca (Sansepolcro, about 1415 - 1492, Sansepolcro)

Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino, late 18th century

Oil on panel, 46 x 34 cm (18 1/8 x 13 3/8 in.) panel

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Object details

Accession number

P27e21

Provenance

Purchased by Isabella Stewart Gardner from the Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome on 9 April 1895 for about 900 lire. (as by Piero della Francesca)

Bibliography

Galleria Sangiorgi. Collection de Tableaux et d'Objets d'Art qui Seront Vendus Pour le Compte de la Banque Populaire et Caisse d'Epargne de Gènes... (Rome, 6 April 1895), p. 11, lot 53. (as Piero della Francesca; entitled "Portrait de femme")
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Paintings and Drawings Exhibited (Boston, 1931), pp. 264-65 (as a sixteenth century copy after the Portrait of Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence; as a pendant to the sixteenth century portrait of Federico da Montefeltro, Count of Urbino in the Fondazione Horne, Florence)
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston: 1935), p. 245 (as a contemporary copy after the portrait of Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino in the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence)
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), pp. 183-84
Hilliard Goldfarb in Hilliard Goldfarb et al. Italian Paintings and Drawings Before 1800 in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Unpublished manuscript. (Boston, 1996-2000). (as a copy after the portrait of Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca, probably executed after the opening of the Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence in 1773; as a pendant to the sixteenth century portrait of Federico da Montefeltro, Count of Urbino in the Fondazione Horne, Florence)
Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt. "Mrs. Gardner's Renaissance." Imaging the Self in Renaissance Italy. Fenway Court, vol. 23 (1990-1991), p. 12. (as a copy after the portrait of Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca; as acquired by Gardner directly from an art dealer and not through an intermediary)
Nathaniel Silver. "An Old Master for the New World" in Nathaniel Silver (ed.). Piero della Francesca in America: from Sansepolcro to the East Coast. Exh. cat. (New York: The Frick Collection, 2013), p. 14 (as a copy after the portrait of Battista Sforza, Countess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca)
Harriet Reed. "Virgin and Child enthroned with four angels by Pierro della Francesca: Colnaghi and Robert Sterling Clark 1911-1930" in Colnaghi. Colnaghi Past, Present, and Future: An Anthology (London, 2016), pp. 36, 280.


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