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Madonna and Child with Two Hermit Saints

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Madonna and Child with Two Hermit Saints


Bernardino Fungai (Italian (Sienese), 1460 - 1516)




early 1480s


Tempera on panel

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68.6 × 45.7 cm (27 × 18 in.)

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Object Description

In a typically Sienese manner, Bernardino Fungai mingled elements of Gothic art--a tooled gold background--with the new Renaissance ideas of three-dimensionality. Fungai presented the hermit saints in three-quarter view to display his knowledge of the new concept of foreshortening, yet he retained a typically Sienese interest in decorative patterning, as seen in the Virgin's elaborate drapery. He tilted Christ's painted halo in perspective, but he incised those of the saints and the Virgin into the background. Fungai also effectively employed the characteristic linear harmonies of Sienese art in the gentle contours of the docile Virgin's mantle, the subtle scallops of her white headgear, the fluttery end of Christ's transparent drapery, and the saints' wavy beards.

- 1910

Private Collection [sold, Drouot, Paris, April 21, 1910, lot 41, probably to dealer Charles Francis Williamson.]

1910 -

Probably Charles Francis Williamson, American, died 1915

by 1912

Stilson Hutchins, died 1912 (Washington, DC), by inheritance to his son, Lee Hutchins, 1912.

1912 -

Lee Hutchins, by inheritance to his niece, Mrs. Mildred Penn.


Mrs. Mildred Penn (Boston, Massachusetts) and Raymond Penn (Boston, Massachusetts), by inheritance to John Rogers Penn.

by 1969

John Rogers Penn (Los Angeles, California), sold through Frederick B. Anthon (Los Angeles, California; Bern, Switzerland) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1969.


Hôtel Drouot, Paris. Catalogue des tableaux anciens, primitifs. Dessins & gouaches du XVIIIe siècle. April 21, 1910, lot. 41, ill.

Davies, Martin. The Earlier Italian Schools. 2nd ed. (London: The National Gallery, 1961), p. 207, under no. 2764.

Waterhouse, Ellis Kirkham. Notebooks. Vol. 58 (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute), accession no. 870204, p. 221 (Dec. 10, 1970).

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), pp. 17-18, no. 20.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 46, ill.

Turnbull, Rachel. "The conservation and technical examination of Bernardino Fungai's Virgin and Child with Two Saints." Conservation Journal 57 (Spring 2009), (accessed November 27, 2012).