Birth of the Virgin with other Scenes
from her Life, tempera and gold leaf on panel painting by the
Master of the Osservanza Triptych, ca. 1428-39, Museo d'Arte Sacra,
The Master of the Osservanza Triptych
, also known
as the Osservanza Master
and as the Master
, was an Italian painter of the Sienese School
active about 1430 to
The Italian scholar, Roberto Longhi
recognized that two triptychs formerly attributed to Stefano di Giovanni
(il Sassetta), were
the work of another hand, now generally referred to as the Master
of the Osservanza Triptych. The Virgin and Child with St. Jerome and
St. Ambrose (Basilica dell'Osservanza, Siena) and the Birth of the Virgin (Museo d'Arte Sacra, Asciano) are both
stylisticly similar to the work of Stefano di Giovanni, but have a
narrative expression that is characteristic of Late Gothic painting.
Longhi observed that another group of paintings was closely related
to these works and appeared to be by the same hand. These included the
predella of the Osservanza Altarpiece (Pinacoteca Nazionale,
Siena), a predella of St. Bartholomew (Pinacoteca Nazionale,
Siena), Scenes of the Passion (Vatican Museums, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Fogg Art
Museum) and Scenes from the Life of St. Anthony Abbot (panels
in the National
Gallery of Art, Washington D. C., the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, and Museum Wiesbaden, Germany). Additionally, the full-length painting of
St. Anthony Abbot in the Louvre appears to
be from another altarpiece by the same master.
- Carli, Enzo, Sassetta e il Maestro dell'Osservanza.
(I Sommi dell'Arte Italiana), Milano, Aldo Martello,
- Fredericksen, Burton and Federico Zeri, Census of
Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public
Collections, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1972.
- Witt Library, A checklist of painters c. 1200-1976
represented in the Witt Library, Courtauld Institute of Art,
London, London, Mansell Information Publishing, 1978.