The Madonna and Child

Ignaz Stern trained under Carlo Cignani (1628-1719) in Forlì and worked in Rome and the Emilia-Romagna region, producing altarpieces and private devotional paintings primarily for monastic patrons. His tender pictures, like the present work, display a refined tonality that derives from Federico Barocci, and suggest the formative influences of Guido Reni, Correggio, and Parmigianino. The frame of the present lot is likely original.

Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 12 January 1996, lot 136 ($10,925), where acquired by the present owner.

About Ignaz Stern, called Stella

German, 1679-1748, Mauerkirchen, Austria, based in Rome, Italy

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Old Master Paintings Part II, Christie's Old Masters, New York