Colnaghi Collections_Vol 01 - Page 63

Active in Valencia, first half of the sixteenth century
Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist
Oil on panel
108 x 60 cm
This newly discovered Valencian panel, depicting the Holy Family
Private Collection, Spain
with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, has been convincingly attributed
to the Master of Alzira based on stylistic affinities with this artist’s
known works; it presents an important addition to the artist’s
oeuvre and can be considered one of the finest paintings by his
hand. This anonymous artist, whose work reveals the influence
of the Hernandos (Fernando Llanos and Fernando Yáñez), was
identified as the author of the altarpiece in the communion
chapel of San Agustín in the Valencian town of Alzira, whence
his name derives.1 This altarpiece, dedicated to the Joys of the
Virgin, included panels of the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi,
the Resurrection, the Dormition of the Virgin, the Annunciation and
the Ascension. Further panels depicted Prophets and Sibyls and a
figure of King David with the date of 1527. The altarpiece was
broken up during the Spanish Civil War and five panels are now
with the Padres Escolapios in Gandía.
Through comparison with the dispersed panels of the Alzira
altarpiece, Chandler Rafthon Post reconstructed the artist’s oeuvre
in the 1950s.2 Based on this and subsequent research, the artist’s
corpus now includes the Archangel Michael and Christ on the Tomb
with Three Angels (Valencia, Museo de Bellas Artes); the companion
panels of Saint Vincent Martyr and Saint Vincent Ferrer (retro-choir
doors); a panel of the Mocking of Christ (Valencia Cathedral); an
Allegory of the Human Passions (Budapest, Szépmüvészeti Múzeum);
the Apparition of the Risen Christ to the Virgin Accompanied by the Holy


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