Virgin and Child Enthroned with Cardinal Alonso Borja (Borgia)

Gonçal Peris (Spanish (Valencian), active in first quarter, 15th century)


Overall (Panel, exclusive of modern mouldings at upper and lower edges): 155.9 x 77.4 cm (61 3/8 x 30 1/2 in.) Other (Principal design): 128.6 x 56.5 cm (50 5/8 x 22 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera on panel

Not On View






Commissioned by cardinal Alfonso Borgia (b. 1378 - d. 1458), possibly for the collegiate church of Xàtiva, Spain [see note 1]; at an unknown date, removed from the collegiate church at Xàtiva and placed in the cathedral of Valencia [see note 2]. 1929, Arthur Byne, Madrid; 1929, sold by Arthur Byne to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 5, 1929)

[1] The identification of the donor Alfonso Borgia, who is represented kneeling in the lower right of the composition, was proposed by Carl Strehlke (correspondence with the MFA, August 31, 2008). Borgia was born in Xàtiva, and in 1455 would become Pope Calixtus III. According to the dealer Arthur Byne, this painting was made for the collegiate church of Xàtiva. When Chandler Rathfon Post published the work, he indicated that it was the central panel of a retable; see his History of Spanish Painting, vol. IV, pt. 2 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1933), pp. 580-582.

[2] According to the dealer Arthur Byne at the time of the acquisition.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund