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image of The Muses Urania and Calliope Simon Vouet and Studio
Simon Vouet (painter)
French, 1590 - 1649
The Muses Urania and Calliope, c. 1634
oil on panel
overall: 79.8 x 125 cm (31 7/16 x 49 3/16 in.) framed: 105.4 x 150.2 x 10.2 cm (41 1/2 x 59 1/8 x 4 in.)
Samuel H. Kress Collection
1961.9.61
On View
From the Tour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting
Object 8 of 8

Provenance

M. de Mauméjan; (his estate sale, Lacoste and Henry, Paris, 29 June-2 July 1825, no. 47).[1] Miss E.M. Linton, Upper Basildon, Berkshire, England;[2] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 1 July 1955, no. 154); (David M. Koetser Gallery, New York, London, and Zurich);[2] sold 1957 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] Georges Isarlo, Caravage et le caravagisme éuropéen, Aix-en-Provence, 1941: 263.

[2] Miss Linton's name was kindly supplied by Marijke Booth of Christie's Archive Department, London (e-mail to Anne Halpern, 5 December 2007, NGA curatorial files), as was the buyer's name from the auctioneer's book: H. Levat (or Cevat). "Levat" was perhaps buying for, or a pseudonym for, David Koester, who wrote to Colin Eisler (letter of 20 January 1969, NGA curatorial files) that although he had "not kept a record of [the painting's] exact source," he did recall that "he purchased the painting at Christie's, presumably in 1955 or 1956."

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