- Allegretto Nuzi
- Artist Dates
- born 1316-1320, died 1373/1374
- Artist Nationality
- Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene
- about 1365
- tempera on panel
- 23.3 x 15.7 cm (9-1/8 x 6-1/8 in)
- K Number
- Birmingham Museum of Art
- Accession Number
Enrico Marinucci, Rome, 1934;  probably sold 1936/1937 to (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955], Rome-Florence);  sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1961, no. 1961.113.  Described and illustrated by Wilhelm Suida, "Italian primitives in the Marinucci collection in Rome," Apollo 20, September 1934, p. 120.  This is probably the small Sienese crucifixtion mentioned in a letter dated 1 October 1936 from an Enrico Cappiello, offering pictures on behalf of Marinucci to the director of the Wiliam Rockhill Nelson Gallery (Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, curatorial file for Tanzio da Varallo, 1944.2). It is likely that those paintings came from the collecion of Marinucci's uncle, Cardinal Pietro Gasparri [1852-1934].
Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Magdalene
Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham Museum of Art (61.113), since 1952.(1) Wood. 10 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (27 x 19.4 cm.). Abrasions and small losses of paint throughout; some larger lacunae. The most striking parallel to K1197 is the Crucifixion which forms the right wing of a small diptych in the Berlin Museum(2) signed by Nuzi. K1197 is finished with less care and precision – possibly indicating studio assistance in the execution – but figure types and composition are closely similar to those in the Berlin panel. The date may be around 1365. Provenance: Cav. Enrico Marinucci, Rome (as late as 1934). Contini Bonacossi, Florence. Kress acquisition, 1939.
(1) Catalogue by W. E. Suida, 1952, pp. 16 f., and 1959, pp. 13 f., as Nuzi. (2) Suida called attention to this parallel (with no. 1078 in the Berlin Museum) in his publication of K1197 in Apollo, vol. XX, 1934, p. 120. In ms. opinions, B. Berenson, G. Fiocco, R. Longhi, F. M. Perkins, and A. Venturi approve the attribution of K1197 to Nuzi.