A Birth Scene (Desco Da Parte)
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1925.8
People
Master of Charles of Durazzo (Francesco di Michele?), Italian (active 1370-1410)
Title
A Birth Scene (Desco da Parte)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Birth Salver: Scene of a Birth
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
c. 1410
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Florence
Culture
Italian
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Tempera on panel
Dimensions
52.8 x 53.4 x 3.1 cm (20 13/16 x 21 x 1 1/4 in.)
Provenance
Stefano Bardini, Florence, Italy, Sold at Bardini Sale, Christie's, 1902. Per 2000 Bardini collection catalogue. The work was no. 622 in the Bardini sale.
Deschamps, Purchased at Bardini sale, 1902. Per 2000 Bardini collection catalogue. Deschamps paid £5
Henry W. Bliss, Gift to the Fogg Art Museum, 1925. Per 2000 Bardini Collection catalogue
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Henry W. Bliss Fund
Accession Year
1925
Object Number
1925.8
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 222 [as unidentified Florence, 15th century salver painting]

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 119, 299, repr. b/w cat. no. 550

Cecilia de Carli, I Deschi da Parto e la Pittura del Primo Rinascimento Toscano, Umberto Allemandi & C. (Torino, Italy, 1997), no. 3, p. 68, repr.; pp. 15, 66

Everett Fahy, Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe, Alberto Bruschi (Florence, Italy, 2000), no. 274, p. 38; repr. in b/w pp. 177, 365 as tav. 14e

Marilyn Yalom, A History of the Wife, Harper Collins (US) (New York, 2001), pp. 71-72, repr. in b/w

Claudia Daübler-Hauschke, Geburt und Memoria: zum italienischen Bildtyp der deschi da parto, Deutscher Kunstverlag (Münich, Germany, 2003), no. 2, pp. 175-178

D. Medina Lasansky, The Renaissance Perfected: Architecture, Spectacle, and Tourism in Fascist Italy, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA, 2004), p. 345, repr. as figs. 239 (obverse) and 240 (reverse)

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