About This Artwork

Attributed to Francesco Botticini
Italian, active by 1459–1497

Virgin and Child with Two Angels, 1465/75

Tempera on panel
78.2 x 55.5 cm (30 3/4 x 21 1/4 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1937.1009

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

London, Royal Academy of Arts, The Winter exhibition of Works by the Old Masters…, 1877, no. 142.

Berlin, Verein Berliner Künstler, Ausstellung aus Berliner Privatbesitz, 1901, no cat.

New York, F. Kleinberger Galleries, Italian Primitives, 1917, no. 27.

Chicago, The University of Chicago, The Renaissance Society, Commemorative Exhibition from the Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1932, no. 5.

Art Institute of Chicago, Century of Progress, 1933, no. 111.

Chicago, Tribune Building, 1952–53, no cat.

Highland Park, Illinois, Immaculate Conception school, 1955, no cat.

Publication History

“The Royal Academy Winter Exhibition: Old Masters and Deceased British Painters (First Notice),” Athenaeum 1 (1877), p. 23.

“The Royal Academy Winter Exhibition: Old Masters and Deceased British Painters (Fourth and Concluding Notice),” Athenaeum 1 (1877), p. 123.

George Redford, Art Sales: A History of Sales of Pictures and Other Works of Art, vol. 2, London, 1888, p. 245.

Gemälde alter Meister der Sammlung Weber (Hamburg, Lübeck [1897]), ill., n. p.

Charles Sedelmeyer Gallery, Illustrated Catalogue of Fourth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters…, being a portion of the Sedelmeyer Gallery (Paris, 1897), p. 67, no. 57, fig. 57.

Karl Woermann, Wissenschaftl. Verzeichnis der älteren Gemälde der Galerie Weber in Hamburg (Dresden, 1907), pp. 22–23, no. 23.

E. Schaeffer, “La vendita della collezione Weber a Berlin,” Rassegna d’arte 12 (1912), p. 74.

Paul Schubring, “La collezione Weber di Amburgo,” L’arte 15 (1912), p. 141.

“Der Versteigerung der Sammlung Weber,” Der Kunstmarkt 9 (1912), p. 196.

Osvald Sirén, The Madonna and Child by Piero Pollaiuolo…from the Collection of the late Consul E. F. Weber in Hamburg (New York, 1916), n. p.

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance (Oxford, 1932), p. 101.

William R. Valentiner, “Paintings in the Collection of Martin A. Ryerson,” (unpub. MS, Archives, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1932), n. p.

Alfred M. Frankfurter, “Art in the Century of Progress,” Fine Arts 20 (June 1933), pp. 11, 60, ill.

Bernard Berenson, Pitture italiane del Rinascimento (Milan, 1936), p. 87.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Paintings in The Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection (Chicago, 1961), p. 225.

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Florentine School 2 vols, vol. 1 (London, 1963), p. 33.

Everett Fahy, ‘Some Early Italian Pictures in the Gambier-Parry Collection,” Burlington Magazine 109 (1967), p. 137.

Michael Levey and Gabriele Mandel, The Complete Paintings of Botticelli, Eng. ed., (New York, 1967), p. 88, no. 33, fig. 33.

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972), pp. 33, 331, 571.

Nicoletta Pons, Botticelli: catalogo completo (Milan, 1989), p. 100, no. 154, ill.

Christopher Lloyd, Italian Paintings before 1600 in The Art Institute of Chicago; A Catalogue of the Collection (Chicago, 1993), pp. 45–49, ill.

Lisa Venturini, Francesco Botticini (Florence, 1994), p. 20, n. 55.

Ownership History

Alexander Barker (died 1847), London; sold Christie’s, London, June 6, 8–11, 1874, no. 66, as Antonio Pollaiuolo, “The Madonna, seated with the infant Saviour upon her lap in the act of blessing, two saints in the background,” to G. P. Boyce for £84 [price and buyer given by Redford 1888; the printed description from the sale catalogue is pasted on the back of the painting]; G. P. Boyce, London, 1874 to 1897; sold, Christie’s, London, July 1, 1897, no. 344, as Antonio Pollaiuolo, to Agnew for £446 5s [price and buyer given in Graves 1921]. Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris [according to catalogue of the Weber sale, 1912]; sold to Consul Eduard F. Weber, Hamburg, 1897; sold Lepke, Berlin, February 20–22, 1912, no. 23, pl. 8, as Florentine School, c. 1475, for 40,000 marks [price in annotated catalogue at Getty Center, Los Angeles]. Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, by 1916 [according to Kleinberger records, Department of European Paintings, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]; sold to Kleinberger, New York, 1916; sold to Martin A. Ryerson (died 1932), Chicago, 1917 [bill of sale, Art Institute archives]; at his death to his widow; bequeathed to the Art Institute, 1937.

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