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European Art
Artist: Bernardino di Giovanni da Castelletto, Italian, active 1481, died after 1500
After: Andrea del Castagno, Italian, ca. 1421–1457

The Dormition of the Virgin

ca. 1460

Tempera on panel

28.1 × 69.2 cm (11 1/16 × 27 1/4 in.)
University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves
Not on view
Italian, Lucca
15th century

James Jackson Jarves Collection, Florence, to 1871; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


James Jackson Jarves, Descriptive Catalogue of “Old Masters,” Collected by James J. Jarves, to Illustrate the History of Painting from A.D. 1200 to the Best Periods of Italian Art (Cambridge, Mass.: H. O. Houghton and Co., 1860), 48, no. 51.

Russell Sturgis, Jr., Manual of the Jarves Collection of Early Italian Pictures (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1868), 58, no. 58.

Osvald Sirén, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures in the Jarves Collection Belonging to Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1916), 97–98, no. 38, follower of Andrea del Castagno; Florentine artist, unskilled technician; “Since the picture has a large crack, has been trimmed on all sides, and has been subject to restorations at different times, it appears now even less attractive than it probably wa.

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: A List of the Principal Artists and Their Works, with an Index of Places (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932), 195, crude imitator of Castagno.

Mario Salmi, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Domenico Veneziano: avec 200 reproductions hors texte (Paris: A. Weber, 1937), 62, 127, pl. CLVa.

Mario Salmi, Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Domenico Veneziano (Milan: Libreria Antiquaria Hoepli, 1938), 73, 167, 176, fig. 176a.

Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 298.

Charles Seymour Jr., Early Italian Paintings in the Yale University Art Gallery: A Catalogue by Charles Seymour, Jr. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1970), 135, no. 92, Florentine (?) school, ca. 1460 (imitator of Castagno).

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 599.

Mauro Natale, “Note sulla pittura lucchese alla fine del Quattrocento,” The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal (1980): 43, n.34.

Silvano Soldano, Bernardino del Castelletto: pittore a Massa (Cinisello Balsamo, Italy: Silvana, 1994), 80–83.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.