Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Madonna Adoring the Child

Artist:
Antonello de Saliba (Italian, Venetian, active 1480–1535)
Medium:
Tempera and oil on wood
Dimensions:
26 5/8 x 19 1/2 in. (67.6 x 49.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.95.249
Not on view
Theodore M. Davis, Newport, R.I. (1902–d. 1915; bought in Florence for $1,000, as by Pietro da Messina; his estate, on loan to the MMA, 1915–30)
New York. Remington Rand. "Christmas Exhibition," December 20–30, 1946, no catalogue.

New York. Lord & Taylor. April 16–23, 1947, no catalogue.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Venetian Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum," May 1–September 2, 1974, no catalogue.

Joseph Breck. "Dipinti italiani nella raccolta del Signor Teodoro Davis." Rassegna d'arte 11 (July 1911), p. 112, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba, comparing it with works by the same artist in the museums in Berlin and Catania.

Bernardo Berenson. "Note su Pietro e Antonio da Messina." Rassegna d'arte 13 (April 1913), pp. 58–59, ill. opp. p. 57, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba and dates it about 1487.

Adolfo Venturi. "La pittura del Quattrocento." Storia dell'arte italiana. Vol. 7, part 4, Milan, 1915, pp. 94, 96, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba.

Bernard Berenson. Venetian Painting in America: The Fifteenth Century. New York, 1916, pp. 41–43, fig. 21, dates it about 1488.

Evelyn Sandberg-Vavalà. "Un dipinto sconosciuto di Antonio da Saliba di Verona." Bollettino d'arte 6 (June 1927), pp. 565–66 n. 3, relates it to both Antonello and Pietro de Saliba and mentions other versions of the same composition, one signed by Pietro in the church of Santa Maria Formosa in Venice, others in the Museo Civico, Padua, the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, and the Minturn collection, New York.

Wilhelm Suida. "Einige italienische Gemälde im Landesmuseum zu Brünn." Belvedere 8 (1929), p. 255, accepts the attribution to Antonello de Saliba and compares it with a Madonna by the same artist in the Landesmuseum, Brno.

Georg Gronau. Giovanni Bellini: Des Meisters Gemälde. Stuttgart, 1930, p. 218, under no. 192, mentions it, along with the Jacquemart-André picture, as a variant by Antonello de Saliba after a Madonna by Giovanni Bellini in the Wittgenstein collection, Vienna.

Bryson Burroughs. "The Theodore M. Davis Bequest: The Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26, section 2 (March 1931), pp. 14, 16, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba.

Stefano Bottari. "Ricerche intorno agli Antonelliani." Bollettino d'arte 10 (1931), pp. 309, 312–14, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba and notes that it was repeatedly copied by Pietro de Saliba.

Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 496.

Langton Douglas. "Photographic Evidence." Burlington Magazine 60 (June 1932), p. 288, compares it with a Madonna in the Locker Lampson collection that he attributes to Antonello de Saliba.

Raimond van Marle. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting. Vol. 15, The Renaissance Painters of Central and Southern Italy. The Hague, 1934, p. 567 n. 3, erroneously as still in the Davis collection; rejects the attribution to Antonello de Saliba, assigning it to Pietro da Messina (Pietro de Saliba).

Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 427.

Robert Langton Douglas. A Few Italian Pictures Collected by Godfrey Locker-Lampson. [London], [in or after 1937], p. 8, under no. I.

Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, pp. 176–77, ill.

Giorgio Vigni and Giovanni Carandente Palazzo Comunale, Messina. Antonello da Messina e la pittura del '400 in Sicilia. Venice, 1953, p. 80, attribute it to Pietro de Saliba.

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School. London, 1957, vol. 1, p. 8.

Fritz Heinemann. Giovanni Bellini e i Belliniani. Venice, [1962], vol. 1, p. 11, no. 40k, attributes it to Antonello de Saliba, including it among twenty-six copies after a lost composition by Giovanni Bellini, itself a variant of the Wittgenstein Madonna (private collection, Switzerland).

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 10, 342, 607.

Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Venetian School. New York, 1973, p. 3, pl. 3.

Mauro Lucco in Antonello da Messina: l'opera completa. Ed. Mauro Lucco. Exh. cat., Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome. Cinisello Balsamo (Milan), 2006, p. 338.



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