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image of The Presentation and Marriage of the Virgin, and the Annunciation Benedetto Diana (artist)
Venetian, c. 1460 - 1525
The Presentation and Marriage of the Virgin, and the Annunciation, 1520/1525
oil on panel
overall: 37.1 x 163.8 cm (14 5/8 x 64 1/2 in.) framed: 48.7 x 175.3 x 7 cm (19 3/16 x 69 x 2 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.70
Not on View
From the Tour: Venetian Painting in the Early Renaissance
Object 6 of 7

Provenance

William Graham [1817-1885], London, by 1879;[1] (his estate sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 2-3 and 8-10 April 1886, 4th day, no. 330, as by Cima da Conegliano, bought in by Agnew's for executors of Graham estate); Sir Kenneth Muir-Mackenzie, 1st baron Muir-Mackenzie [1845-1930], London;[2] by inheritance to his daughter, Dorothea Muir-Mackenzie Hambourg [Mrs. Mark Hambourg], London, until at least 1936.[3] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence and Rome); sold 1950 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] The painting was exhibited by him at the Royal Academy, London, in 1879, as by Cima da Conegliano.

[2] A copy of the 1886 sale catalogue in the NGA Library is annotated with the buyer's name "Agnew." Ellis Waterhouse wrote to Fern Rusk Shapley on 22 July 1980 (in NGA curatorial files) that Graham's daughters could not agree how to divide up what they wanted, so Agnew's bought in at the sale for the family, and the daughters (Lady Hailsham, Lady Horner, Lady Jekyll and Lady Muir-Mackenzie) divided the paintings according to the prices at which they were bought in. Lady Muir-Mackenzie, who died in 1900, must have acquired NGA 1961.9.70, although it is her husband's name that is published as the owner.

[3] The painting is listed as in her collection in Bernard Berenson, Pitture Italieane del Rinascimento, Milan, 1936: 146.

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