Domenico De Michelino (Florence, 1417-1491)
The Madonna and child with St. Peter and John the Baptist
Oil on panel, in a carved and gilded tabernacle frame (19th century)
21.3/4 x 14 in. (55.3 x 35.7 cm.)
Provenance: Christie’s London, Old Masters and British paintings, lot 72, 14th April 2011
Condition: Panel has been strengthened on the reverse with cradled wood lattice. The panel has studwork around the edges and to detail. There is gilding, cracks and possible retouches but overall the panel is in good condition. The tabernacle frame is in good order and it is presented on a plinth
Domenico de Michelino was a painter of the Florentine school in the style of Fra Angelico who was born and died in Florence. He painted predominantly biblical scenes, the most famous of which is found on the west wall of Florence’s Duomo depicting Dante in the Divine Comedy next to the entrance of hell, the 7 Terraces of Mount Purgatory and the City of Florence with the spheres of heaven above. He took his name from his teacher, a carver in bone and ivory named Michelino. He was elected to the Campagno di San Lucca (painter’s guild) 1442 and joined the Arte Dei Medici e degli Speziali in 1444.