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image of Ranuccio Farnese Titian (artist)
Venetian, 1488/1490 - 1576
Ranuccio Farnese, 1542
oil on canvas
overall: 89.7 x 73.6 cm (35 5/16 x 29 in.) framed: 123.83 × 108.9 × 9.53 cm (48 3/4 × 42 7/8 × 3 3/4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
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From the Tour: Titian and the Late Renaissance in Venice
Object 2 of 7


Farnese family, Parma, by 1620;[1] brought from Naples to London by Sir George Donaldson [1845-1925], London; sold May 1880 to Sir John Charles Robinson [1824-1913], London; sold to Sir Francis Cook, 1st Bt. [1817-1901], Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, by 1885;[2] by inheritance to his son, Sir Frederick Lucas Cook, 2nd Bt. [1844-1920], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bt. [1868-1939], Doughty House; by inheritance to his son, Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook, 4th Bt. [1907-1978], Doughty House, and Cothay Manor, Somerset; sold June or July 1947 to (Gualtiero Volterra, London) for (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence);[3] sold July 1948 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[4] gift 1952 to NGA.

[1] Recorded in Parma in 1620 and 1680; probably moved to Naples in 1734, where it presumably remained until shortly before 1880.

[2] According to Robinson's account book (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; copy of relevant page in NGA curatorial files). The painting is included in an article by Robinson on the Cook collection that appeared in the May 1885 Art Journal, pp. 133-137.

[3] See copy of correspondence in NGA curatorial files, from the Cook Collection Archive in care of John Somerville, England. Volterra was Contini-Bonacossi's agent in London.

[4] The Kress Foundation made an offer to Contini-Bonacossi on 7 June 1948 for a group of twenty-eight paintings, including Titian's "Portrait of a Boy;" the offer was accepted on 11 July 1948 (see copies of correspondence in NGA curatorial files).

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