Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Madonna Adoring the Child

Artist:
Bartolomeo Montagna (Bartolomeo Cincani) (Italian, Vicentine, before 1459–1523)
Medium:
Oil(?) on wood
Dimensions:
24 3/4 x 20 1/2 in. (62.9 x 52.1 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1909
Accession Number:
09.102
Not on view
Francesco Caldana, Verona (by 1820–at least 1822, or until 1854?; cat., 1822, no. 156); ?Andrea Monga, Verona (1854–d. 1861); ?Bartolo and Pietro Monga, Verona (from 1861); [Georges Brauer, Florence and London, until 1909; sold to MMA]
Giovanni Battista da Persico. Descrizione di Verona e della sua provincia. Vol. 1, Verona, 1820, p. 131, as by Montagna, in the collection of Francesco Caldana, Verona; identifies the bridge in the background as one still existing in Vicenza.

Giovanni Battista da Persico. Descrizione della opere di pittura di eccellenti maestri raccolte dal Sig. Francesco Caldana . . . . Verona, 1822, p. 21, no. 156 [see correspondence in archive file].

Roger E. Fry. Letter to Bryson Burroughs. February 16, 1909 [published in "Letters of Roger Fry," ed. Denys Sutton, 1972, vol. 1, p. 313], recommends the purchase of this picture by the Museum.

Roger E. Fry. Letter to Bryson Burroughs. March 12, 1909 [published in "Letters of Roger Fry," ed. Denys Sutton, 1972, vol. 1, p. 316].

Roger E. Fry. Letter to Bryson Burroughs. March 31, 1909 [published in "Letters of Roger Fry," ed. Denys Sutton, 1972, vol. 1, p. 318].

Roger E. Fry. Letter to Edward Robinson. April 23, 1909 [published in "Letters of Roger Fry," ed. Denys Sutton, 1972, vol. 1, p. 320].

R[oger]. E. F[ry]. "Madonna and Child by Bartolommeo Montagna." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 4 (September 1909), pp. 156–57, ill., calls it an early work, of about 1490; suggests that the river and bridge in the background may derive from the Bacchiglione and the Ponte di Pastola in Vicenza; notes the influence of Alvise Vivarini and Antonello da Messina.

Tancred Borenius. The Painters of Vicenza 1480–1550. London, 1909, p. 24 n. 3, relates it to a Madonna in the collection of Henrietta Hertz, London, and another in the collection of Prince Trivulzio, Milan (now Museo del Castello, Milan).

Tancred Borenius. "A Picture by Bartolomeo Montagna." Burlington Magazine 17 (May 1910), p. 132, ill. p. 121, dates it about 1490.

Morton H. Bernath. New York und Boston. Leipzig, 1912, p. 80, fig. 82.

J[oseph]. A[rcher]. Crowe and G[iovanni]. B[attista]. Cavalcaselle. A History of Painting in North Italy: Venice, Padua, Vicenza, Verona, Ferrara, Milan, Friuli, Brescia, from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Century. Ed. Tancred Borenius. 2nd ed. [1st ed. 1871]. London, 1912, vol. 2, p. 126 n.

Bernard Berenson. Venetian Painting in America: The Fifteenth Century. New York, 1916, pp. 179–80, 190, fig. 74, dates it just after a Madonna in Worcester, which he dates about 1488.

Bernardo Berenson. Dipinti veneziani in America. Milan, 1919, p. 171 [see Ref. Zeri and Gardner 1986].

Lionello Venturi. Pitture italiane in America. Milan, 1931, unpaginated, pl. CCCVIII, dates it about 1500.

Bernhard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 368, lists it as an early work.

Lionello Venturi. Italian Paintings in America. Vol. 2, Fifteenth Century Renaissance. New York, 1933, unpaginated, pl. 414.

Bernhard Berenson. Pitture italiane del rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 316.

Harry B. Wehle. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Catalogue of Italian, Spanish, and Byzantine Paintings. New York, 1940, p. 136, ill.

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School. London, 1957, vol. 1, p. 116.

Lionello Puppi. "Appunti su Benedetto Montagna pittore." Arte veneta 12 (1958), p. 58, calls it an early work.

Lionello Puppi. Bartolomeo Montagna. Venice, 1962, pp. 43, 113–14, 127, fig. 25, dates it after 1482 and before the San Bartolomeo altarpiece (Museo Civico, Vicenza), which he dates 1485; identifies the version formerly in the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts as a replica.

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972, pp. 143, 342, 606.

Federico Zeri. Italian Paintings in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore, 1976, vol. 1, pp. 284–85, under no. 193, relates it to a similar composition in the Walters Art Gallery.

John Pope-Hennessy. "Roger Fry and The Metropolitan Museum of Art." Oxford, China, and Italy: Writings in Honour of Sir Harold Acton on his Eightieth Birthday. Ed. Edward Chaney and Neil Ritchie. London, 1984, p. 234.

Federico Zeri with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Gardner. Italian Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, North Italian School. New York, 1986, p. 41, pl. 27, call it an early work, possibly from the 1480s; note that the same cartoon was used for this work and for the version formerly in Springfield; identify the tower as the Torre del Castello, Vicenza.

Kai-Uwe Nielsen. "Bartolomeo Montagna und die venezianische Malerei des späten Quattrocento." PhD diss., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, 1995, pp. 104, 123, 137–38, no. 39.

Mauro Lucco. Bartolomeo Cincani detto Montagna: Dipinti. [Treviso], 2014, pp. 40, 293, 299, 301–2, ill. p. 178 (color).

Giovanni C. F. Villa in Mauro Lucco. Bartolomeo Cincani detto Montagna: Dipinti. [Treviso], 2014, pp. 300–301, 305, 321, no. 20, ill.



A version of this composition was sold by the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1963; it later appeared at auction at Sotheby's, New York, November 5, 1986, no. 42.
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