The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, known as the Madonna della Pappa Artist: Francesco Vanni (Italian, 1564–1610)

ca. 1599

European Art

On view, 2nd floor, European Art

Oil on canvas


unframed: 46 3/4 × 35 in. (118.7 × 88.9 cm)

Credit Line

Maitland F. Griggs, B.A. 1896, Fund

Accession Number



16th century


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Orlandini Collection, Siena; Private Collection, London, by 1786; Van Diemen Gallery, Berlin, by 1930*; Private Collection, New York (sale Christie's, New York, 9 January 1981, lot 127); Private Collection, New York ? (sale Christie's, London, 30 October 1987, lot 168); Paul F. Walter, New York (sale Christie's, New York, 24 January 2003, sale BLIVVET-1194, lot 84)

*One important factor in the painting's provenance needs to be highlighted. Although it left Italy in the eighteenth century, it belonged to the Van Diemen Gallery in Berlin by 1930. Clearly it was acquired under legitimate circumstances by the Van Diemen Gallery, but it has not been possible to determine when or to whom it was sold by them. The Van Diemen Gallery relocated from Berlin to New York before 1935, becoming Van Diemen Lillienfeld. There is every reason to imagine that this painting presents no improprieties of provenance, but we have no hard proof of that. The present owner of the Van Diemen Lillienfeld stock cards, which in any event go back only to 1945, can find no mention of this painting among them.

Paul Graupe Collection, Berlin, 25 January 1935 (sale of Van Diemen Gallery Collection, Berlin, Vanni's Madonna della Pappa not included).
  • Lisa Hodermarsky and Tiffany Sprague, eds., A Perspicacious Tenure: Suzanne Boorsch at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 48, fig. 1
  • John J. Marciari et al., Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2013), 11, 138–41, 145, 162n2, 178, 200, 224, no. 42, cover ill.
  • Marco Ciampolini et al., Pittori senesi del Seicento, 3 (Siena: Nuova immagine, 2010), 928–9
  • Federico Barocci, Alessandra Giannotti, and Claudio Pizzorusso, Federico Barocci, 1535-1612: l'incanto del colore: una lezione per due secoli, exh. cat. (Milan: Silvana, 2009–10), 104–7, fig. 68
  • Laurence Kanter, "The Reception and Non-Reception of Cesare Brandi," Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory, and Criticism 4 (Summer 2007), 33, fig. 2
  • Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 223, 394–95, pl. 210
  • "A selection of 2003 museum acquisitions," Apollo No. 502 (December 2003),
  • Antoine Schnapper et al., Curiosité: études d'histoire de l'art en l'honneur d'Antoine Schnapper (Paris: Flammarion, 1998), 416–22
  • Susan Wegner, Images of the Madonna and Child by three Tuscan artists of the early seicento: Vanni, Roncalli, and Manetti (Brunswick, Me.: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1986), 16–18, 37, fig. 13
  • Peter Anselm Riedl, "Francesco Vanni als Zeichner," Münchner Jahrbuch für bildende Kunst (1979), 88
  • Ettore Romagnoli, Biografia cronologica de' bellartisti Senesi: opera manoscritta in tredici volumi (Florence: Edizioni S.P.E.S., 1976), 707–08, 339, vol VIII pp. 707–708
    Vol. XII p. 399
  • Larissa Salmina-Haskell, "Two Drawings by Francesco Vanni," The Burlington Magazine 109 (October 1967), 580–3
  • "Bullettino Senese di Storia Patria," Bullettino Senese di Storia Patria (1942),
  • Ulrich Thieme et al., Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, 34 (Leipzig, Germany: W. Engelmann, 1940), 97–99, (Vanni Francesco)
  • Cesare Brandi, "Francesco Vanni," Art in America 19 (1930–1931), 73–5, fig. 6
  • Gugielmo Della Valle, Lettere Sanesi, 3 (Rome: Salomoni, 1786), 351
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