Artist Benvenuto di Giovanni di Meo del Guasta, Italian, 1436-1518
Title
  • Virgin and Child with Angels
Date between mid-15th and early 16th century
Medium Paint on wood panel
Dimensions Unframed (arched panel): 25 1/2 × 18 1/2 inches (64.8 × 47 cm)
Framed: 39 3/4 × 30 1/4 × 4 inches (101 × 76.8 × 10.2 cm)
Credit Line City of Detroit Purchase
Accession Number 24.95
Department European Painting
Not On View
Marks Label, on reverse: 1893/94 New Gallery Exhibition
Label, on reverse, top right: [Duveen label] 4184 Benvenuto di Giovanni
Label, on reverse: 108
Inscriptions Inscribed, on the Virgin's halo: AVE GRAZIA PRENA DOMINUS TEGUMP...ED...TU
Inscribed, stencilled, lower middle left: [crown] | CL
Inscribed, top left: 920B
Inscribed, top right: 99
by 1830, Collection Pietro Giomarelli (Siena, Italy) [according to E. Romagnoli];
Collection Duke Carlo Luigi (Lucca, Italy);
by late 1840s, Collection Earl of Ashburnham (Ashburnham Palace, Sussex, Great Britain);
until 1913, by descent, 5th Earl of Ashburnham (Ashburnham Palace, Sussex, Great Britain);
1913, by descent, Mary Catherine, Lady Ashburnham;
bought by (Robert Langton Douglas, Dublin, Ireland);
(Joseph Duveen, London, England);
1924-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Early Italian Art. Exh. cat., New Gallery (Gruber & Spielman). London, 1893, no. 64.

Valentiner, W.R. "Sienese Paintings of the XIV-XV Centuries." Bulletin of the DIA 6, 4 (1924): pp. 34-39 (ill.).

Heil, W. Catalogue of Paintings in the Permanent Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1930, no. 10 (ill.).

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 76.

Berenson, B. Pitture italiane del rinascimento: catalogo dei principali artisti e del loro opere. Milan, 1936, p. 66.

Van Marle, R. The Development of the Italian School of Painting. The Hague, 1937, Vol. 16, pp. 404-405.

Valentiner, W.R., ed. Duveen Pictures in Public Collections in America. New York, 1941, no. 97 (ill.). [dates to ca. 1500]

Richardson, E.P., ed. Detroit Institute of Arts, Catalogue of Paintings. Detroit, 1944, p. 12, no. 10.

Paintings in the DIA: A checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 13.

Fredericksen, B. & D. Davisson. Benvenuto di Giovanni, Girolamo di Benvenuto: their altarpieces in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu, 1966, p. 24. [dates to 1480s]

Richardson, E.P., ed. Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1966, p. 73 (ill.).

Berenson, B. Italian pictures of the Renaissance: a list of the principal artists and their works with an index of places. Central Italian and North Italian schools. London, 1968, p. 40. [as Madonna and Child with Two Angels]

Behrman, S.N. Duveen. Boston, 1972, p. 219 [listed as Madonna and Child with two angels]

Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1972, p. 25.

Levi d'Ancona, M. The Garden of the Renaissance, Botanical Symbols in Italian Painting. Florence, 1977, p. 195. [identifies floral crown worn by angels as jasmine, a flower sacred to Virgin]

Sutton, D. "Robert Langton Douglas, Part III, section 17. Dramatic Days." Apollo 109 (June 1979): pp.447-475 (fig. 16).