Integral tondo molding, Single piece of poplar. Carved, gilt; brown-red bole, blue in dentil., Sienese

Integral tondo molding

mid-15th century
Single piece of poplar. Carved, gilt; brown-red bole, blue in dentil.
Overall diam. 18 cm; sight diam. 13 cm.
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 956
This "Madonna and Child" by Sano di Pietro (1405-1481) retains its original frame carved in one with the panel. The molding is proportionally rather deep for the scale of the painting. The alternating blue and gilt blocks of the dentil that encircle the Virgin and Child like a halo of stars are due to the intervention of the restorer/faker Icilio Federico Joni, who described this panel and its companion in his biography of 1936. An identical roundel framed the "Stigmatization of Saint Francis" by Sano di Pietro, also owned by Giulio Grisaldi del Taia and then F. Mason Perkins in the early twentieth century. The companion roundel has since disappeared.
Giulio Grisaldi del Taia, Siena, 1904; F. Mason Perkins, Lastra a Signa; E. Ventura, Florence; [M. Knoedler and Co., New York, 1928]; r. Frank, New York, December 1937; [M. Knoedler and Col., New York, 1941]. Acquired by Robert Lehman in November 1949.