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image of Cardinal Pietro Bembo Titian (artist)
Venetian, c. 1490 - 1576
Cardinal Pietro Bembo, c. 1540
oil on canvas
overall: 94.5 x 76.5 cm (37 3/16 x 30 1/8 in.) framed: 124.6 x 106.7 x 11.4 cm (49 1/16 x 42 x 4 1/2 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1952.5.28
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Provenance

Probably commissioned by the sitter, Cardinal Pietro Bembo [d. 1547], Padua and Rome. Leoni Galli; in 1636 to Cardinal Antonio Barberini [d. 1671], Rome;[1] by inheritance to Maffeo Barberini, Principe di Palestrina, Rome;[2] by inheritance to the Barberini collection, Rome until at least 1890.[3] Elia Volpi [1858-1938], Florence; sold 1905 to (Colnaghi's, London and New York); on joint account with (M. Knoedler & Co., New York); sold 1906 to Charles M. Schwab, New York;[4] (Schwab sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 3 December 1942, no. 32); purchased by Stephen Pichetto for the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[5] gift 1952 to NGA.

[1] Recorded in 1644 and 1671 inventories; see Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:482-483, note 1 and 8.

[2] Listed in posthumous inventory of 1686; see Shapley reference cited in note 1.

[3] Recorded in a 1730 inventory of Cardinal Francesco II Barberini, according to the Getty Provenance Index.

[4] Details of ownership by Volpi, Colnaghi, and Knoedler, and the Schwab purchase date, are according to the Getty Provenance Index, and the archives at Knoedler & Co., courtesy of Edye Weissler. The painting was in Colnaghi's private ledgers, and was Knoedler's London number 3828 and New York number 10755. The Knoedler archives citation reads "4/30/06, stock no. 10755, Titian Cardinal Bembo."

[5] According to the Getty Provenance Index.

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