And his nickname was “Simone of the Crucifixions” … UPDATED POST
ORIGINAL POST: Old Master Painting sales in regional and smaller auction houses feature tons of works by “studio of” “circle of” “school of” “attributed to” and “style of” painters … much of it forgettable or, occasionally, memorably awful … there is also the odd piece or two, by a lesser known painter, that surfaces and helps to expand, on some level, the understanding of a painter and his/her era … such is the case with this Coronation of the Virgin by Simone di Filippo, called Simone dei Crocifissi, coming up at Dorotheum in Vienna, October 12.
Simone was a painter of some renown in 14th Bologna and the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna has a number of impressive polyptychs and other works by the artist. This newly rediscovered painting was possibly the centerpiece of a much larger polyptych which, like so many paintings from the era, was cut down and sold off piece by piece. The notes from Dorotheum’s auction catalogue say the picture above is related to the Coronation of the Virgin (below center) from this Polittico (1385-90) by Simone in the Pinocoteca:
As for his name … according to the catalogue entry: “His nickname [Simone dei Crocifissi] “Simone of the Crucifixions” was given to him during the Counter-Reformation and refers to one of his iconographic specialities.”
The painting appears to be in relatively good condition, though covered in years of grime and discolored varnish. It’s estimated at EURO 60,000-80,000. UPDATE: The painting sold for EURO 133,800.
For more about paintings from this era, this video from the National Gallery in London is a really good start.
UDPATE: This painting is currently with Galerie G. Sarti, Old Master Painting dealers in Paris.