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Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene (about 1365)
Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene (about 1365)
Public Domain
Artist
Allegretto Nuzi
Artist Dates
born 1316-1320, died 1373/1374
Artist Nationality
Italian
Title
Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene
Date
about 1365
Medium
tempera on panel
Dimensions
23.3 x 15.7 cm (9-1/8 x 6-1/8 in)
K Number
K1197
Repository
Birmingham Museum of Art
Accession Number
1961.113

Provenance

Enrico Marinucci, Rome, 1934; [1] probably sold 1936/1937 to (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955], Rome-Florence); [2] sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1961, no. 1961.113. [1] Described and illustrated by Wilhelm Suida, "Italian primitives in the Marinucci collection in Rome," Apollo 20, September 1934, p. 120. [2] This is probably the small Sienese crucifixtion mentioned in a letter dated 1 October 1936 from an Enrico Cappiello, offering pictures on behalf of Marinucci to the director of the Wiliam Rockhill Nelson Gallery (Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, curatorial file for Tanzio da Varallo, 1944.2). It is likely that those paintings came from the collecion of Marinucci's uncle, Cardinal Pietro Gasparri [1852-1934].

Catalogue Entry

Allegretto Nuzi
Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene
K1197

Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham Museum of Art (61.113), since 1952.(1) Wood. 10 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (27 x 19.4 cm.). Abrasions and small losses of paint through­out; some larger lacunae. The most striking parallel to K1197 is the Crucifixion which forms the right wing of a small diptych in the Berlin Museum(2) signed by Nuzi. K1197 is finished with less care and precision – possibly indicating studio assistance in the execution – but figure types and composition are closely similar to those in the Berlin panel. The date may be around 1365. Provenance: Cav. Enrico Marinucci, Rome (as late as 1934). Contini Bonacossi, Florence. Kress acquisition, 1939.

References

(1) Catalogue by W. E. Suida, 1952, pp. 16 f., and 1959, pp. 13 f., as Nuzi. (2) Suida called attention to this parallel (with no. 1078 in the Berlin Museum) in his publication of K1197 in Apollo, vol. XX, 1934, p. 120. In ms. opinions, B. Berenson, G. Fiocco, R. Longhi, F. M. Perkins, and A. Venturi approve the attribution of K1197 to Nuzi.

Catalogue Volume

Italian Paintings XIII – XV Century