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image of The Assumption of the Virgin Nicolas Poussin (artist)
French, 1594 - 1665
The Assumption of the Virgin, c. 1630/1632
oil on canvas
overall: 134.4 x 98.1 cm (52 15/16 x 38 5/8 in.) framed: 171.8 x 135.3 x 13.7 cm (67 5/8 x 53 1/4 x 5 3/8 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1963.5.1
On View
From the Tour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting
Object 5 of 8

Provenance

Probably the painting recorded in the posthumous 1638 inventory of Vincenzo Giustiniani [1564-1637], Rome,[1] who may have commissioned it, and probably the painting still recorded in the Palazzo Giustiniani in 1688. Conte Niccolò Soderini [d. 1779], Rome, by 1750; sold by 20 September 1764 for 500 crowns through (James Byres, Rome) to Brownlow Cecil, 9th earl of Exeter [1725-1793],[2] Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire; by inheritance to his nephew, Henry Cecil, 10th earl and 1st marquess of Exeter [1754-1804], Burghley House; by inheritance to his son, Brownlow Cecil, 2nd marquess of Exeter [1795-1867], Burghley House; by inheritance to his son, William Alleyne Cecil, 3rd marquess of Exeter [1825-1895], Burghley House; by inheritance his son, Brownlow Henry George Cecil, 4th marquess of Exeter [1849-1898], Burghley House; by inheritance to his son, William Thomas Brownlow Cecil, 5th marquess of Exeter [1876-1956], Burghley House; by inheritance to his son, David George Brownlow Cecil, 6th marquess of Exeter [1905-1981], Burghley House; sold 1962 to (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Paris, New York, and London); sold 1963 to NGA.

[1] Silvia Danesi Squarzina, La collezione Giustiniani, 3 vols., Torino: 2003: 1:297, fig. 114.

[2] Timothy Standring, "Poussin et le Cardinal Massimi...," in Alain Mérot, ed., Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665): Actes du colloque organisée au musée du Louvre, 19-21 oct., 1994, 2 vols., Paris, 1996: 1:385 n. First noted by Brinsley Ford, "James Byres: Principal Antiquarian for the English Visitors to Rome," Apollo 99 (1974): 451.

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