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image of The Judgment of Paris Claude Lorrain (artist)
French, 1604/1605 - 1682
The Judgment of Paris, 1645/1646
oil on canvas
overall: 112.3 x 149.5 cm (44 3/16 x 58 7/8 in.) framed: 143.5 x 182.3 x 8.6 cm (56 1/2 x 71 3/4 x 3 3/8 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
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From the Tour: Seventeenth-Century French Painting
Object 4 of 8


Commissioned by François du Val, marquis de Fontenay-Mareuil [1594-1655], Rome and Paris. Le Danois, Paris, by c. 1740. Angran, vicomte de Fonspertuis, by 1747; (his sale, E.F. Gersaint, Paris, 4 March 1748 and days following, no. 426).[1] purchased by Agard or Devins. Mr. [possibly W. or John] David, London; (his sales ["A Merchant of Respectability"], Christie's, London, 17 July 1819, no. 58, not sold, and 26-27 May 1820, 2nd day, no. 114); Urbino Pizzetta, London.[2] acquired 1912 by the father of Miss V. Price, England; by inheritance to her; (sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 July 1966, no. 9); (Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London); sold 13 February 1969 to NGA.

[1] On the painting's early history, see Marcel Röthlisberger, "Claude Lorrain in the National Gallery of Art," Report and Studies in the History of Art 1969, and Marcel Röthlisberger, Claude Lorraine: The Paintings, Vol. 1, New Haven, 1961: 254-255, no. LV94. Le Danois is recorded in the second index of the the Liber Veritatis, c. 1720. See also the provenance supplied by the Thomas Agnew and Sons invoice of 24 March 1969 (in NGA curatorial files).

[2] Information about the 1819 and 1820 sales, and the purchaser in 1820, was provided by Lady Dorothy Lygon of Christie, Manson & Woods, letter of 21 September 1971 to J. Carter Brown (in NGA curatorial files). Pizzetta's collection was sold at Christie's on 15-16 April 1825, but the NGA painting was not listed in the catalogue, which identifies the seller as "Deceased."

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