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Madonna of the Roses

Pseudo Pier Francesco Fiorentino (AKA Pierfrancesco di Bartolomeo), Italian, b. late 15th century

Creation date: ca. 1485-1490
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Tempera Painting
Medium and Support: Tempera on panel
Credit Line: Gift of The Armand Hammer Foundation
Accession Number: 1973.65
State/Province: Florence
Dimensions: 28 1/4 in. x 21 in. (71.76 cm x 53.34 cm)
Currently on view


Edouard Aynard, Lyons, Rhône, France ( - December 1, 1913)

Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, France (December 1, 1913 - December 4, 1913)

Trotti & Cie., Paris, France (December 4, 1913 - )

Mr. and Mrs. August Lederer, Vienna, Austria (before 1938 - 1939)

Erich Lederer, Geveva, Switzerland (1950 - 1954)

Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Luce, New York, New York (1954 - June 5, 1969)

Armand Hammer, Los Angeles, California (1969 - 1973)

Bernard Danenberg, New York, New York (June 5, 1969 - 1969)

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“Pseudo Pier Francesco Fiorentino” is the name given to an artist or workshop responsible for a large output of devotional paintings in late 15th-century Florence. The name derives from the fact that many of these works were once attributed by scholars to the painter Pier Francesco Fiorentino, but the paintings are composed of motifs taken especially from the works of Pesellino, Filippo Lippi, and Benozzo Gozzoli, the leading artists of his generation. This lyrical example, with its clear colors, beautiful goldwork in the haloes, and elegantly composed draperies, demonstrates the principal elements typically found in the Pseudo-Pier Francesco’s work. The rose hedge backdrop is symbolic of the purity of the Virgin Mary and of Christ’s passion; goldfinches, whose diet includes thistles and thorns, are likewise traditional symbols of the crown of thorns and Christ’s passion.
Last Updated: 2/1/2016


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Armand Hammer Collection Brooks Memorial Art Gallery , 10/2/1969 - 12/30/1969

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 105

The Armand Hammer Collection Brooks Memorial Art Gallery. Memphis, Tennessee, 1969
Page Number: 1, Figure Number: 1

The Armand Hammer Collection Brooks Memorial Art Gallery. Memphis, Tennessee, 1969
Page Number: 1

Catalogue des tableaux anciens . . . Galerie Georges Petit. Paris, France, December 1, 1913-December 4, 1913
Page Number: opposite 74, Figure Number: 59

Raimond van Marle. The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting Hacker Art Books. New York, New York, 1970
Page Number: 456

Bernard Berenson. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance—Florentine School: Phaidon Press Limited. London, England, 1963
Page Number: 173

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