The National Museum of Western Art

update 15 July 2016

on display Permanent Collection

Jacopo del Sellaio [Florence, c. 1441 - Florence, 1493]

Votive Altarpiece: the Trinity, the Virgin, St. John and Donors

Datec. 1480-85
Materials/Techniquestempera on panel
Size (cm)127 x 75
Credit LinePurchased
CategoryPaintings
Collection NumberP.1973-0003
Votive Altarpiece: the Trinity, the Virgin, St. John and Donors
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This altarpiece was originally dedicated to a church by a widower for the repose of the souls of his deseased wife and daughter. Their dead bodies are shown laid out at the foot of the cross. To the left, we can see the grieving widower with the Virgin Mary, and to the right is his weeping son comforted by St. John. The city of Florence appears in the background, and various scenes from the Bible are being played out in the middle ground. This work boldly displays the style of the Florentine School in the latter half of the fifteenth century. (Source: Gallery label, July 2016)

Provenance

Von Miller, München; Otto Wertheimer, Paris; Purchased by the NMWA, 1973.

Exhibition History

1978
European Landscape Painting, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 14 September 1978 - 26 October 1978, cat. no. 3, repr.
1978
European Landscape Painting, Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art, Kofu, 3 November 1978 - 15 January 1979, cat. no. 3
1999
Florence and Venice: Italian Renaissance Paintings and Sculpture from the State Hermitage Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 20 March 1999 - 20 June 1999, cat. no. 9

Bibliography

1952
Heidenreich, Ludwig H. Ein In-Memoriam-Bild des Jacopo del Sellaio. Kunst und das Schöne Heim. 50. Jg., Heft 7, 1952, pp. 252, 253, col. repr.
1974
Gazette des Beaux-Arts, ser. 6, tome 83, Feb. 1974, "Chronique des Arts", p. 202, no. 694, repr.
1975
Les cent chefs-d'œuvre du Musée National d'Art Occidental. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1975 (Japanese), no. 3, repr.
1975
Bulletin Annuel du Musée National d’Art Occidental, No. 8 (1973), 1975, Nouvelles acquisitions, par Chisaburoh F. Yamada, pp. 4-5. Nouvelles acquisitions (catalogue). pp. 6-7. col. repr. p. 2.
1978
Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1978 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 3, col. repr.
1979
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo: Catalogue of paintings. Tokyo, The National Museum of Western Art, 1979, no. 257
2013
Masterpieces: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, The Western Art Foundation, 2013 (Japanese, preface in Japanese and English), no. 11, col. repr.

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