Casa Soranzo, Venice. (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939 as Pseudo Boccaccino; gift to the National Gallery of Art in 1943; deaccessioned in 1957 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift to the Allentown Art Museum in 1961, no. 1961.41.
Giovanni Agostino da Lodi
Adoration of the Shepherds
Allentown, Pa., Allentown Art Museum (61.41.KG), since 1960.(1) Wood. 39 3/4 x 34 in. (101 x 86.4 cm.). Good condition except for minor losses of paint; cleaned 1960. While the figure types recall Solario and Leonardo, the idyllic mood and the distant view suggest Giorgione. The date could hardly be earlier than 1510, for the composition is less crowded and the drapery more broadly treated than in the only dated painting by the artist, the Washing of Feet, Accademia, Venice, of 1500, from which K1291 repeats some of the figure types. Moreover, the setting for the scene in K1291, at the mouth of a cave, and also certain details of the figure composition would seem to presuppose Giorgione's Adoration of the Shepherds (K509, Fig. 367), which dates about 1510.(2) Provenance: Casa Soranzo, Venice. Contini Bonacossi, Florence. Kress acquisition, 1939 –exhibited: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (512),1941-56.(3)
(1) Catalogue by F. R. Shapley, 1960, p. 54, as Pseudo Boccaccino. (2) W. E. Suida (in Arte Lombarda, vol. II, 1956, pp. 89 f.) publishes K1291 as Pseudo Boccaccino, dating it about 1505, while noting a relationship to Giorgione's Adoration of the Shepherds. B. Berenson, G. Fiocco, R. Longhi, F. M. Perkins, and A. Venturi (in ms. opinions) also attribute K1291 to Pseudo Boccaccino. (3) Preliminary Catalogue, 1941, p. 25, as Pseudo Boccaccino.