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FRANCESCO RAIBOLINI, called FRANCIA
(Italian, 1447-1517)
MADONNA AND CHILD
oil on panel
22 x 16 in. (50 x 45 in.)

Provenance: The Collection of Louis R. Ehrich, New York, New York. Louis R. Ehrich (1849-1911) was a prominent art connoisseur and dealer. He attended Yale University and, following his studies, traveled in Europe from 1878-1885, developing his taste for and knowledge of European art along the way.

By descent through a prominent Boston family.

Exhibitions: Loaned by Louis R. Ehrich to the Art Institute of Chicago, February, 1890.

Literature: Negro, Emilio and Nicosetta Roio, eds., Francesco Francia e la sua Scuola, Modena: Artioli, 1998, p. 238, cat. no. 150a.

Other Notes: Together with a framed letter of authenticity from Bernard Berenson. The note from Berenson reads I hereby certify that the painting of which this is a photograph, now in the possession of Mr. Louis R. Ehrich of New York, is, in my judgment, a genuine example of Francesco Francia, in his ripest years. It is one of his very finest works of that period, & in very pure condition. Bernard Berenson


  • Condition: UV examination reveals inpainting throughout, approximately 20%, concentrated in green curtain in upper right corner.


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