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Interesting post on admiration for Francia in the Victorian era. Personally, I prefer other paintings by Perugino for comparison with Budapest Madonna by Francia. Perhaps the National Gallery's painting is not entirely autograph. However, Francia admires other earlier works by Perugino as, for example, the altarpiece for San Giovanni in Monte in Bologna (now Bologna, Pinacoteca Nazionale: http://goo.gl/owmfn). Or Perugino's triptych for the Certosa di Pavia, now at the National Gallery (http://goo.gl/di6EV or http://goo.gl/1IwA6). The admiration for Francia is also a phenomenon that involves, at the same time, other painters "forgotten" as Lorenzo Costa, Garofalo, Ortolano, etc. Finally, nice quote from the great Berenson. You remember correctly that it is taken from a book that incorporates material from earlier published work. Quoted words already appear in the first edition of the "North Italian Painters of the Renaissance". The book was published in 1907, only a few years after the death of Queen Victoria ... (See: http://www.archive.org/stream/northitalianpain00bereuoft pages 69-70) See you soon, Sergio P.S. I agree with your opinion on the book by Haskell: the best book ever written on taste and collecting.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2011 on Francia: A Forgotten Master. at Art History Today
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