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The Virgin and Child enthroned with St Christopher and St Sebastian; seated on a plinth with grotesque mask, surrounded by cherubim and flanked by the saints
Pen and grey ink, grey-brown wash, heightened with white (discoloured)
- Production date
- 1595 (circa)
Height: 358 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The attribution is due to Stefano L'Occaso who pointed out (email 27 June 2015) that it is a study with differences for an altarpiece in Salò cathedral by the Brescian artist Tomasso Bona (see I. Marelli and M. Amaturo, "Giovanni Andrea Bertanza: Un pittore del Seicento sul lago di Garda", San Felice del Benaco, Brescia, 1997, p. 29; see also M. Ibsen, "Il duomo di Salò", Brescia, 1999, pp. 49, 106-107). The altarpiece probably dates from around 1595 and must have been completed prior to 1597, at which date it is already recorded in situ.
The drawing was formerly placed as Italian Anonymous. It appears to be the only known documented drawing by Bona's hand, L'Occaso notes in his 2018 article that there is another study attributed to Bona of the 'Three Magi' is in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne (inv. 1935).
Lit. S. L'Occaso, 'Veneti in Riviera a cavallo tra Cinquecento e Seicento', in 'Sul lago di Garda tra passato e futuro', Brescia, 2018, p. 63, fig. 13
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