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European Art
Artist: Cenni di Francesco di Ser Cenni, Italian, active Florence, 1369–1415

The Adoration of the Magi

ca. 1380

Tempera on panel

83.2 × 26.4 cm (32 3/4 × 10 3/8 in.)
University Purchase from James Jackson Jarves
Made in Florence, Italy
Not on view
Italian, Florence
14th 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), 46, no. 26.

Russell Sturgis, Jr., Manual of the Jarves Collection of Early Italian Pictures (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1868), 28–29, no. 15, fig. 15.

W. F. Brown, Boston, Catalogue of the Jarves Collection of Early Italian Pictures, sale cat. (1871), 13, lot 15 (Simone Martini).

William Rankin, “Some Early Italian Pictures in the Jarves Collection of the Yale School of Fine Arts at New Haven,” American Journal of Archaeology 10 (April-June 1895): 143, later in date than Martini, “not certainly Siennese”.

William Rankin, Notes on the Collections of Old Masters at Yale University, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Museum of Harvard University (Wellesley, Mass.: Department of Art of Wellesley College, 1905), 8, no. 15, fig. 15.

Osvald Sirén, “Pictures in America by Bernardo Daddi, Taddeo Gaddi, Andrea Orcagna, and his Brothers: I,” Art in America 2–4 (June 1914): 41–42, 41–42, no. 15, fig. 15 (Andrea di Cione, called Orcagna), fig. 15.

Osvald Sirén, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Pictures in the Jarves Collection Belonging to Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1916), 41–42, no. 15, (Andrea di Cione, called Orcagna), fig. 15.

Raimond van Marle, The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting, 19 vols. (The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1923–38), vol. 2, pp. 514–16.

Richard Offner, Italian Primitives at Yale University: Comments and Revisions (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1927), 17, (as later imitator of Orcagna, ca. 1350–60; Florentine, end of 14th century), fig. 8, 8a.

Mrs. Francis Steegmuller, The Two Lives of James Jackson Jarves (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1951), 296.

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: a list of the principal artists and their works, with an index of places, 1 (New York; Greenwich, Conn.: Phaidon, 1963), 215, unknown Florentine 1350-1420, between Jacopo di Cione and Antonio Veneziano.

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), 35–36, no. 20a–c, fig. 20a–c.

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1972), 218, 599.

Miklos Boskovits, Pittura fiorentina alla vigilia del Rinascimento, 1370-1400 (Florence, Italy: Edam, 1975), 290, Cenni di Francesco, ca. 1380-1385.

Richard Offner, A Critical and Historical Corpus of Florentine Painting: A Legacy of Attributions (New York: H. B. J. Maginnis, 1981), 464, 466, n. 1 (Cionesque; as 2nd half of 14th century Florentine example of the Adoration of the Magi in the left shutter of a tabernacle, and fusion of traditional Nativity elements with distinguishing features of the Birth that suggest the passage of time).

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