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European Art
Artist: Rutilio Manetti, Italian, Siena, 1571–1639

Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist and Saint Catherine of Siena

ca. 1608–10

Oil on canvas

unframed: 101 × 75.3 cm (39 3/4 × 29 5/8 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
Made in Siena, Italy
Not on view
Italian, Siena
17th century

P. & D. Colnaghi, London, 1969, from whom purchased by Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy (as Francesco Vanni); Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994) Collection, Palazzo Canigiani, Florence; Sir John Wyndham Pope-Hennessy collection sale, Christie's, New York, 10 January 1996, lot 95; Private Collection, 1996-2005; Sotheby's, New York, 27 January 2005, lot 184.

Note: The painting is in a frame of the type associated with the Chigi family, and it has been proposed that the picture comes from the Chigi collection. Such frames have, however, been available on the market independent of paintings, and this particular example is cut down, which suggests that it was given to the picture after leaving the Chigi collection.

There is no reference to this painting's whereabouts during the Nazi era. Nonetheless, the work has bene well known and well published since its appearance in London in 1969, which suggest that any improprieties in its history are likely to have been noted by now.


Paintings by old masters, exh. cat. (London: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., 1969), no. 8, fig. Plate IV.

Diega Giunta and Lidia Bianchi, Iconografia di S. Caterina da Siena (Rome: Città Nuova editrice, 1988), 428–29, no. 435, ill.

John Pope-Hennessy, Learning To Look (New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1991), 311–22.

John J. Marciari et al., Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2013), 25, 224–25, no. 83.

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