Madonna and Child

Italian
early 20th century
Style of Vecchietta


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

134 cm (52 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

27.212

Medium or Technique

Wood; polychrome wood

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Polychrome wooden statue of seated Madonna holding Child on right arm. Child holds scroll in hands. Gilded robes. On molded base in gilt.

Provenance

20th century, created by Alceo Dossena (b. 1878 - d. 1937) [see note 1]; sold as a sculpture by Simone Martini (Italian, b. about 1284 - d. 1344), probably by Dossena's dealers, Alfredo Fasoli and Alfredo Pallesi, Rome, to Elia Volpi (b. 1858 - d. 1938), Florence; 1927, sold by Volpi to the MFA for $30,750. (Accession Date: April 7, 1927)

NOTES:
[1] Alceo Dossena produced imitations of Renaissance and antique sculpture, which were sold by the Roman dealers Alfredo Fasoli and Alfredo Pallesi as authentic (also see MFA accession no. 24. 150). The sculpture was accessioned as a work by the Sienese sculptor Vecchietta (b. 1410 - d. 1480). In 1928 the press exposed the fraudulent practices of Fasoli and Pallesi. For more information, see Roberta Ferrazza, "Alceo Dossena e i falsi d'autore," in Palazzo Davanzati e le collezioni di Elia Volpi (Florence, 1994), pp. 223-254.

Credit Line

Francis Bartlett Donation of 1912