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Sano di Pietro

Siena 1405 - 1481
Price range
500,000 – 3,000,000 USD +
Sano di Pietro is one of the most easily recognizable Sienese fifteenth century artists, believed by some to be identified with the Master of the Osservanza – the highly original quattrocento painter influenced by Sassetta.

Sano di Pietro is one of the most easily recognizable Sienese fifteenth century artists. In recent years he has been identified with the so-called Master of the Osservanza, an artist influenced by Sassetta (ca. 1392–1450), but this view has been disputed. Paintings attributed to the Osservanza master seem closer to Sassetta and more incisively observed than the works of Sano. However, since the identification of the Osservanza Master with Sano is supported by a leading scholar Miklós Boskovits and backed by some documentary evidence, it cannot be discounted. If works such as the St. Anthony series at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. are indeed by Sano, he becomes a highly original and major Sienese quattrocento painter, almost on a level with Sassetta himself.

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Top 3 auction prices

465,481 $
953,757 $
1,635,000 $


The sales are: Christie’s London – 4 Dec 2012 lot 31 (289,250 GBP), Sotheby’s London – 3 Jul 2019 lot 2 (759,000 GBP), and Sotheby’s New York – 22 May 2018 lot 62. Updated 18th March 2024.
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Books on Sano di Pietro

Timothy Hyman, Sienese Paintings: The Art of a City-Republic, 1278-1477, London, 2003.

Keith Christiansen, Laurence B. Kanter, and Carl Brandon Strehlke, Painting in Renaissance Siena: 1420-1500, exh. cat., New York, 1988.

Miklós Boskovits, “Il Gotico Senese Rivisitato: Proposte e Commenti su una Mostra,” in Arte Cristiana, Milan, v. 71 no. 267, 1983.

Émile Gaillard, Un Peintre Siennois au XVe Siècle: Sano di Pietro 1406-1481, Chambéry, 1923.

Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Artist, 1550, trans. Julia Conway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella, New York, 2009.

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