Italian (Florentine) Painter (third quarter 15th century)
Oil on wood
Overall 34 x 24 5/8 in. (86.4 x 62.5 cm); painted surface 33 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. (85.1 x 61.3 cm)
Gift of Colonel C. Michael Paul, 1964
Not on view
[Ehrich Galleries, New York, until 1931; sale, American Art Association-Anderson Galleries, New York, April 2, 1931, no. 62, as Atelier of Fra Filippo Lippi, for $350 to Paul & Long]; [Paul & Long, New York, from 1931]; Colonel C. Michael Paul, New York (until 1964, as School of Fra Filippo Lippi)
Paintings of the British School . . . Early Dutch, Flemish, French and Italian Works . . . from the Collection of the Ehrich Galleries. American Art Association, New York. April 2, 1931, p. 26, no. 62, ill., assigns it to the atelier of Fra Filippo Lippi.
Clyde Newhouse. Letter to C. Michael Paul. December 15, 1964, accepts the attribution to the Virgil Master.
Nicholas M. Acquavella. Letter. December 14, 1964, assigns it to the studio of Filippo Lippi and reports that Offner and Valentiner [see Refs. n.d.] attribute it to the Virgil Master; mistakenly assigns Sirén's [see Ref. 1932] opinion to Mason Perkins.
Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 107, 331, 609, as by a follower of Filippo Lippi.