Posts by Maria Alambritis

October 11, 2017
Christie’s to sell Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ for an estimated $100 million.

October 4, 2017
On 4 October 1454 Piero della Francesca received his first contract for the commission of an altarpiece for the Augustinian friars of Borgo Sansepolcro to be placed in their church of Sant’Agostino.

September 13, 2017
On 13 September 1506, Andrea Mantegna died at Mantua.

August 23, 2017
On 23 August 1504, the artist Bernardino di Betto – also known as Pintoricchio – was paid 700 ducats for eight scenes painted from the life of St. John the Baptist for the saint’s chapel in the Cathedral of Siena.

August 16, 2017
Today, 16 August, is the Feast Day of San Rocco, also known as Saint Roch, the ‘plague saint’.

August 9, 2017
On 9 August 1482, Francesco della Rovere (1414-1484) was elected as Pope Sixtus IV .

July 26, 2017
Today, 26 July, is the Feast Day of St Anne and this altarpiece of the Madonna and Child with St Anne and the Saints Sebastian, Peter, Benedict and Philip by Jacopo Pontormo (1494-1556) commemorates the successful revolt against a tyrant ruler that occurred on St Anne’s Day in 1343.

July 19, 2017
The art historian, author, and traveller Maria Callcott was born on 19 July 1785.

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