Artist Sandro Botticelli, Italian, 1444 or 1445 - 1510
  • Head of a Saint
Date 15th or early 16th century
Medium Paint on wood panel
Dimensions Unframed: 17 7/8 × 13 1/8 inches (45.4 × 33.3 cm)
Framed: 27 3/8 × 22 × 2 3/4 inches (69.5 × 55.9 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher
Accession Number 50.243
Department European Painting
Not On View
Marks Marked, label, verso: 51
Marked, label, verso: 99282P | 40 x 50 coll cad [illegible name]
Inscriptions Inscribed, on verso, handwritten: 5356
collection Baron Michele Lazzaroni (Paris, France).
1926, (Howard Young Gallery, New York, New York, USA);
ca. 1926, collection Alfred J. Fisher (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1950-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Marle, R. van. Development Of The Italian Schools Of Painting, vol. 12. The Hague, 1931, p. 87.

Loan Exhibition of Italian Paintings from the XIV to XVI Century. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, March 8-30, 1933, (unpaginated), cat. 25 [as "Head of the Virgin", lent by Mr. & Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher].

Berenson, B. I Pittori Italiani del Rinascimento: catalogo dei principali artisti e delle loro opere con un indice dei luoghi, vol. 1, trans. E. Cecchi. Milan, 1936, p. 44 [as by Bartolommeo Veneto, "Portrait of Beatrice"].

Richardson, E.P. Masterpieces of Paintings from Detroit Private Collections. Exh. cat., DIA. Detroit, April 23-May 22, 1949, cat. 2, pl. III [as Head of a Virgin, lent by Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J. Fisher].

Richardson, E.P. "A Head of a Saint by Botticelli." Bulletin of the DIA 30, nos. 3 & 4 (1950-51): p. 61-62, (repr.).

Paintings in the DIA: a checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 16.

Frederickson, B. & F. Zeri. Census of pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. 1972, p. 33 [as Studio or School of Botticelli, "Virgin Mary", fragment].

Lightbown, R. Sandro Botticelli, vol. II. Berkeley, 1978, p. 158, no. 20 [as by workshop or school of Botticelli].