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Fine Art | Auction: 14.11.2019 | Preview: 08.11.2019 - 11.11.2019

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Lot 1000

Estimate
30.000 - 40.000 €
Hammer
26.000,00 €

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Mainardi, Sebastiano
c. 1460 San Gimignano - 1513 Florence - attributed

Adoration of the Child. Oil on poplar wood. In diameter: 85cm. Framed.

Provenance:
Private collection Southern Europe.

Sebastiano Mainardi was born in 1466 in San Gimignano where around 1475 he joined the workshop of Domenico Ghirlandaio, just as the famous artist was working in the Santa Fina Chapel, the local collegiata, on the production of a fresco cycle with episodes from the lives of saints.
From this point onward Mainardi formed an almost inseparable connection with the workshop of Ghirlandaio and worked on all important commissions, such as the one in the chancel of the Tornabuoni-Chapel of Santa Maria Novella in Florence and another one in the main chapel of the Cathedral of Pisa.
Towards the end of the 1480s the first autonomous works by the artist were created, often originating from the master's cartoons, such as the Assumption of Mary in the Baroncelli-Chapel in Santa Croce in Florence. Domenico Ghirlandaio died in 1494, and for several years Mainardi remained in the workshop, which was continued on by his brothers Benedetto and David. Towards the turn of the century he returned to work in San Gimignano. He died of the plague in Florence in the second half of September 1513.
From the artist's late work a series of paintings - all in round format - with a depiction of the Worship of the Child is known, which all have a similar composition. The painting on offer is closely related to at least two Tondi in private ownership, that present slight variations in their structure. One depicts a city with a monumental skyline in the background, whereas the stable, in which a donkey and an ox rest, has a facade with pillars and entablature; the other shows a composition more similar to our work with the exception of the vegetation behind the Holy Family. Such a production, concentrated as it is in a limited frame of time, can perhaps be explained by the presence of a cartoon, which in this case may have been designed by Domenico Ghirlandaio. The use of some elements from works of the master, especially from the altarpiece with the Worship of the Shepherds in the Sassetti-Chapel in the Basilica Santa Trinita in Florence, can be seen as evidence of this dependency.
Mainardi probably used this cartoon several times and thus created paintings with slight variations, that not only satisified a certain public, which was increasingly interested in objects of this kind, but also demonstrated the strong connection with his master.

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