Friar Martino de Frexinal, summoned in the documents as 'Yspano' (= Spaniard), prior of the Neapolitan convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie a Caponapoli from 1471 to the end of the century, among the initiatives taken in those years, commissioned on 5 October 1492 to Pietro Buono, painter of Salerno, a large altarpiece for the church of his monastery. He was also responsible for having commissioned to the mysterious painter Benedetto Perdifumo from Eboli, during the year 1488, an altarpiece for the Benedictine monastery of the Holy Trinity of Sorrento. The altarpiece of Pietro Buono, only partly recovered, was replaced shortly after, around 1510, on the initiative of his successor, Friar Girolamo from Brindisi, by a new painting, mentioned by Summonte in 1524 and thoroughly described by Bernardo De Dominici, in 1740’s. As studies have been able to clarify, the author of the polyptych is the Spanish painter of Murcia Pedro Fernández, who painted in the centre of it the 'Madonna delle Grazie', still not found, but that, in analogy with the painting preserved in the monastery of Salerno, likewise dedicated, should represent an 'enthroned Madonna with Child in her lap and, below, the souls of Purgatory'.
|Titolo:||Qualche appunto su un committente spagnolo a Napoli alla fine del Quattrocento|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||2.1.2 Articolo su libro con ISBN|