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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Bernardino Luini, Italian (Milan, Italy c. 1480 - c. 1532 Milan, Italy)
Virgin and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Madonna and Child with Infant St. John the Baptist
Work Type
c. 1520-c. 1525
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
85.4 x 63.2 cm (33 5/8 x 24 7/8 in.)
framed: 113.3 x 91.4 cm (44 5/8 x 36 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: verso, right: No.17,069 / FRAME / 1930.194
  • inscription: lower left corner, dark yellow paint: PEPQ. S. P.
  • inscription: verso, top left, white chalk: NAVM / Le[illegible]
  • label: verso, lower right: 3235
  • label: verso, top right, handwritten text in faint red: VIRGIN + CHILD / FROM NAUMBURG RM
  • label: verso, lower left corner, handwritten text in red pen: 6 Luini
  • label: verso, top left corner, mostly removed: [illeg.] SON / [illeg.] ON S / [illeg.] 89 [?]
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), London, by descent; to Paulina Jackson (1640-1689), his sister, by descent; to Frances Jackson, her daughter, by descent; to Samuel Pepys Cockerell (1754-1827), her son, by descent; to Charles Robert Cockerell (1788-1863), his son, by descent; to Frederick Pepys Cockerell (1833-1878), his son, by descent; to Mary Pepys Cockerell (née Mulock) (1838-1931), his wife, sold; to [Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, December 24, 1901], sold; to Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, London (1869-1955) on July 19, 1904; returned to [Agnew & Sons on December 31, 1904], sold; to [Alexandre Imbert on June 8, 1905]. George Clifford Thomas (1839-1909), Philadelphia, by 1907, sold [through his sale, Samuel T. Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, November 12-13, 1924, lot 64]; to Leonard M. Thomas (1878-1937), New York, sold; to [Ehrich Galleries, New York, 1926], sold; to Aaron and Nettie Naumburg, 1929, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1930
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Salomon Reinach, Répertoire de Peintures du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance (1280-1580), Ernest Leroux (Paris, 1905), p. 220, repr.

A Collection of Paintings Owned by George C. Thomas, Philadelphia, De Vinne Press, New York (New York, 1907), p. 3 (no. 1)

Luca Beltrami, Luini (1512-1532), Tipografia U. Allegretti (Milan, 1911), pp. 525-526, repr. p. 540

The George C. Thomas Collection of Oil Paintings by the Great Master of the English and Barbizon Schools, auct. cat. (Philadelphia, 1924), no. 64, repr.

Martin Davies, The Earlier Italian Schools, exh. cat. (London, 1951), under cat. no. 3935, pp. 248-289 (n. 3)

Angela Ottino della Chiesa, Bernardino Luini, Istituto Geografico de Agostini-Novara (Novara, Italy, 1956), cat. no. 26, p. 69, repr. fig. 99, under cat. no. 83, p. 83, and p. 35

Martin Davies, The Earlier Italian Schools, exh. cat. (London, 1961), under cat. no. 3935, p. 320 (n. 4)

Bernard Berenson, Italian Pictures of the Renaissance, A List of the Principal Artists and their Works with an Index of Places: Central and North Italian Schools, Phaidon (London, 1968), Vol. I, p. 227

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), pp. 113, 337, 568

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. 117, 327, repr. b/w cat. no. 659

Virginia Brilliant, Faithful to Nature: Eleven Lombard Paintings, 1530-1760, exh. cat., Nicholas Hall (New York, 2019), p. 113

Exhibition History

Art of the Renaissance in Lombardy, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/28/1988 - 07/24/1988

Re-View: S422-423 Western Art of the Middle Ages & Renaissance, Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Cambridge, 08/16/2008 - 06/18/2011

Subjects and Contexts

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