MADONNA AND CHILD WITH THE INFANT SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
Carlo PORTELLI Loro Ciuffenna 1510/20 –1574 Firenze
Oil on panel 119 x 90 cm / 46.9 x 35.4 in
PROVENANCE Van Ham Kunstauktionen, Köln, Fine Art, 28 May 2020, lot 1002 (as Flämischer Meister. Ende 16. Jh.. Madonna mit Kind und Johannesknaben).
About the painter Amongst the brightest names in which Florentine painting of the XVIth century is so rich, Carlo Portelli deserves a special attention. Formed under the strongest influence of Rosso Fiorentino, Agnolo Bronzino and Francesco Salviati, Carlo Portelli, nevertheless, manages to create his own defiant and eccentric style. The discovery of Portelli and the rethinking of this astonishing painter's place in the history of Florentine painting happens at the end of the 70s of the XXth century. Art historian Roberto Ciabattini provides an excellent analysis of Portelli's historiography, paying a well-deserved tribute to Dra. Laura Speranza: "… After the critical contributions by Hermann Voss (1920) , Paola Barocchi (1968) , Valentino Pace (1973) , Serena Padovani (1982) , Philippe Costamagna (1989) , Bruno Santi (1989) , and recently by Pierluigi Carofano, who almost completely analyzes his work in an article published in "Apollo" in February 2001 , the current Soprintendenze for Cultural Heritage have also taken action, carrying out a remarkable series of restorations on the large painted altarpieces . ... But it is to the scholar Laura Speranza that we owe the most sensational discovery involving this painter. Her decision to restore La Pietà and the Annunciation by Loro Ciuffenna made it possible to discover two fundamental aspects of Portelli: the date and the signature on both plates and and the complete recovery of the images, together with the extraordinary range of colors that came out…" ..... continue to reading - CLICK HERE
Epoque: XVI century
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