Provenance Research

Pisan School, 14th century
Italy
Male Saint, 14th century
Tempera and gold leaf on wood
6 13/16 x 4 1/2 in. (17.3 x 11.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. (Louise) Albert I. Strauss, 1961.103

Description:
Panel from a dismantled altarpiece depicting a male figure, turned slightly to the left, with a halo. He wears a light brown robe and holds a book in his left hand. Gold leaf background.

Former Attributions:
Simone Martini [ca. 1284-ca. 1344]
Sienese School
Tuscan School

Provenance:

Possibly 1920s:   Volterra Collection, Florence [1]
     
Ca. 1936-1956:   Leopold Rey, Sion, Switzerland, sold to [2]
     
    (Maison de la Diete Sion [Leopold Rey], Switzerland, sold to)
     
1956-1961:   Mrs. Albert I. Strauss, Cincinnati, given to
     
1961-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] The CAM's two Pisan panels, Male Saint and Female Saint, were originally part of a large altarpiece. The panels were a part of a portion of the polyptych that still remained intact in the 1920s. The partial altarpiece was published by Frederico Zeri as formerly from the Volterra Collection in "The Literature of Art," Burlington Magazine, vol. 109, August 1967, p. 476, no. 59. Also see correspondence with Zeri, January 3, 1978; and John T. Spike, Italian Paintings in the CAM, 1993, pp. 66-69.

[2] Rey, of the Maison de la Diete Sion, stated on a certificate that the panel was in his personal collection for twenty years. Correspondence, September 27, 1956.

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