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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Master of Charles of Durazzo (Francesco di Michele?), Italian (active 1370-1410)
A Birth Scene (Desco da Parte)
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Birth Salver: Scene of a Birth
Work Type
c. 1410
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Tuscany, Florence
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Physical Descriptions

Tempera on panel
52.8 x 53.4 x 3.1 cm (20 13/16 x 21 x 1 1/4 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
[Stefano Bardini, Florence], sold [through his sale, Christie's, May 26-30, 1902, lot 622]; to Deschamps. [1] Henry W. Bliss, gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1925

[1] Per 2000 Bardini Collection catalogue

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, The Henry W. Bliss Fund
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 222 [as unidentified Florence, 15th century salver painting]
  • Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), pp. 119, 299, repr. b/w cat. no. 550
  • Cecilia de Carli, I Deschi da Parto e la Pittura del Primo Rinascimento Toscano, Umberto Allemandi & C. (Torino, Italy, 1997), no. 3, p. 68, repr.; pp. 15, 66
  • Everett Fahy, Dipinti, disegni, miniature, stampe, Alberto Bruschi (Florence, Italy, 2000), no. 274, p. 38; repr. in b/w pp. 177, 365 as tav. 14e
  • Marilyn Yalom, A History of the Wife, Harper Collins (US) (New York, 2001), pp. 71-72, repr. in b/w
  • Claudia Daübler-Hauschke, Geburt und Memoria: zum italienischen Bildtyp der deschi da parto, Deutscher Kunstverlag (Münich, Germany, 2003), no. 2, pp. 175-178
  • D. Medina Lasansky, The Renaissance Perfected: Architecture, Spectacle, and Tourism in Fascist Italy, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA, 2004), p. 345, repr. as figs. 239 (obverse) and 240 (reverse)

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