(Giorgio Sangiorgi, Rome). (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi [1878-1955], Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939; gift 1943 to Saint Paul's United Church of Christ, Cherryville, Pennsylvania.
Cherryville, Pa., St. Paul's Union Church since 1947. Wood. 32 5/8 X42 1/2 in. (82.9 X 108 cm.). Inscribed at lower right: DECORA HVMILITAS (humility adorns). Fair condition. Formerly attributed to Giovanni Demio (school of Vicenza),(1) K1208 has now been more convincingly assigned to the oeuvre of Pietro Candido,(2) probably before his departure from Italy, in 1586. Parallels may be cited, for example, in Candido's documented Pieta, in the Pinacoteca of the Palazzo dei Priori, Volterra; the Madonna and Child with Sts. Jolm and Elizabeth, in the Giacomazzi Collection, Modena;(3) and in the signed Holy Family with St. Catherine, in the State Museum, in Oldenburg. Provenance: Sangiorgi's, Rome. Contini Bonacossi, Florence. Kress acquisition, 1939.
(1) K1208 has been attributed to Demio by G. Fiocco, R. Longhi, F. M. Perkins, W. E. Suida, and A. Venturi (in ms. opinions). This attribution could be supported to some extent by points of resemblance between K1208 and Demio's frescoes and altarpiece in Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, for example. (2) The attribution to Candido is made by F. Zeri. (3) A variant of the Modena painting is in the collection of Dr. Zeri.