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image of The Saint Anne Altarpiece: Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child [middle panel] Gerard David and Workshop
Gerard David (painter)
Netherlandish, c. 1460 - 1523
Anonymous Artist (painter)
Gerard David (related artist)
Netherlandish, c. 1460 - 1523
The Saint Anne Altarpiece: Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child [middle panel], c. 1500/1520
oil on panel
painted surface (including addition at top): 232.5 x 96 cm (91 9/16 x 37 13/16 in.) overall (panel): 236.1 x 97.5 cm (92 15/16 x 38 3/8 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.17.b
Not on View
From the Tour: The Netherlands and France in the 1500s
Object 4 of 8

Provenance

Cardinal Antonia Despuig y Damato [d. 1813], Raxa, Palme de Mallorca; by descent to Counts of Montenegro, Raxa, Palma de Mallorca.[1] Leon de Somzée, Brussels, by 1899.[2] Gaston de Somzée, Brussels, until 1902.[3] (Agnew & Sons, London, May 1902-January 1906).[4] (Sedelmeyer Gallery, Paris, by January 1906).[5] (Eugene Fischof, Paris and New York); sold April 1907 to Peter A. B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[6] inheritance from Estate of Peter A. B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania; gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] The first mention of the painting is Joaquín María Bover, Noticia Histórica-Artística de los Museos del Eminetísimo Señor Cardinal Despuig Existentes en Mallorca (Palma, 1845), 178, no. 152, 194, no. 207, and 195, no. 216. See also Darl Justi, "Altflandrische Bilder in Spanien und Portugal," Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 21 (1886), 137-138. For the life of Cardinal Despuig, see Luis Ripoll, Raxa y el Cardinal Despuig (Palma de Mallorca, 1954), 8-15, and Jaime Salva, El Cardinal Despuig (Palma de Mallorca, 1964).

[2] Exhibition of Pictures by Masters of the Flemish and British Schools including a Selection from the Works of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (London, The New Gallery, 1899-1900), no. 52.

[3] Exposition des Primitifs flamands et d'art ancien (Bruges, Hôtel de Gouvernement Provincial, 1902), no. 125, lists C. and G. de Somzée, but Sedelmeyer Gallery, Illustrated Catalogue of the Tenth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters (Paris, 1906), 9, lists Gaston de Somzée.

[4] Letter of 17 July 1981 from Willia Joll of Agnew & Sons to John Hand, in NGA curatorial files.

[5] Sedelmeyer Gallery, Illustrated Catalogue of the Tenth Series of 100 Paintings by Old Masters (Paris, 1906), 9.

[6] Unpublished document from the Widener papers in the NGA curatorial file that appears to be a copy of a receipt of 1 April 1907; the transaction was part purchase, part exchange, with Fischhof receiving an Assumption of the Virgin by Murillo. Fischhof is not mentioned in the provenance given in Catalogue of Paintings forming the Private Collection of P.A.B. Widener (Ashbourne, Pennsylvania, 1908), 155.

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