Description In this altarpiece, the Virgin Mary wears gold brocade with pearls, and the Christ Child, with his necklace of red coral, stands on a tasseled cushion. Through these precious materials, the painter has communicated the divinity of the figures. On the parapet at the bottom of the painting is a carnation. Its Greek name, dianthus, means "flower of God." Schiavone was born in Dalmatia (present-day Croatia) and immigrated to northern Italy, where he studied with Francesco Squarcione of Padua. On the cartellino (little paper) in the foreground, he proudly identifies himself as the disciple of this master. Like his contemporaries, Schiavone was concerned with reviving the arts of antiquity, as seen by the garlands at the top that imitate Roman sarcophagus reliefs. For more information on this panel, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 138, pp. 206-207.
|12/28/1936||Treatment||cleaned; coated; other|
|1/19/1971||Treatment||stabilized; loss compensation; examined for technical study|
|1/19/1971||Treatment||loss compensation; other|
|5/31/1985||Treatment||cleaned; stabilized; coated; loss compensation|
|10/28/1993||Treatment||stabilized; loss compensation|
|9/19/2005||Loan Consideration||examined for loan|
- A Renaissance Gem Revealed: Petrarch's Triumphs Disbound. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2002.
Provenance Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., Munich and New York, 1922 [listed in Zeri: Italian Paintings in the Walters Art Gallery: I as A. S. Drey]; Robert Lehman, New York, 1924 (?) [mode of acquisition unknown]; Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York, 1925; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed on the paper at the bottom: .HOC. PINXIT. GEORGIVS. DALMATICVS. DIS | CIPVLVS. SQVARCIONI. S.; [Translation] Inscribed on the paper at the bottom: Giorgio Dalmaticus, pupil of Squarcione, painted this.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925
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