Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

1171 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
United States


Bardi, after Carlo Dolci - Madonna and Child

Prof. Bardi, after Carlo Dolci (1616-1686), Italian
Madonna and Child, undated
COPY OIL ON CANVAS, 36 ½ x 29 ½ inches
Gift of Horace Fairbanks

Like many copyists of the nineteenth century, the painter of this composition, Prof, Bardi, is unknown today. The market for painted reproductions of the works of great Renaissance and Baroque masters fostered a veritable cottage industry in Italy during the period, but injured Dolci's art historical reputa­tion more than those of his peers, as the reproduc­tions were sometimes mistaken for his relatively scarce originals. Nevertheless, in the Athenaeum’s composition Bardi captured the essential character­istics of emotional intimacy, piety, and smooth finish for which Dolci's art was celebrated in his own time.