National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Portrait of a Youth Filippino Lippi (painter)
Florentine, 1457 - 1504
Portrait of a Youth, c. 1485
oil and tempera on panel
overall: 52.1 x 36.5 cm (20 1/2 x 14 3/8 in.) framed: 90.8 x 71.8 x 15.2 cm (35 3/4 x 28 1/4 x 6 in.)
Andrew W. Mellon Collection
1937.1.20
On View
From the Tour: Portrait Painting in Florence in the Later 1400s
Object 6 of 6

Provenance

Stefano Bardini [1836-1922], Florence, in the later 1880s; sold 1890 to Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein [1840-1929], Vienna;[1] (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and London), c. 1920; Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Stout, Chicago, by 1924;[2] consigned November 1930 by Mrs. Stout to (M. Knoedler & Co., New York and London);[3] sold November 1930 to Andrew W. Mellon, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.; deeded 30 March 1932 to The A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust, Pittsburgh;[4] gift 1937 to NGA.

[1] According to Fiorenza Scalia and Cristina De Benedictis, Il Museo Bardini a Firenze, Milan, 1984: 121, the painting is registered under the year 1890, when, after having been sold by Stefano Bardini to Prince Johann II of Liechtenstein, it was presented to the export office of the Soprintendenza delle Belle Arti in Florence. Although the two authors erroneously report its location as the Johnson Collection in Philadelphia, there seems to be no doubt that the reference is to the NGA painting.

[2] Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:258, gives c. 1925 as the date of the painting's passage from the Liechtenstein collection into that of Frank D. Stout; however, already in 1921 Wilhelm von Bode (Sandro Botticelli, Berlin, 1921: 106) reports the work as having been purchased by an American collector, and in 1924 the painting was exhibited in Chicago as part of the Stout Collection. See Bulletin of the Art Institute of Chicago, 18, no. 6 (September 1924): 76 (repro.); 18, no. 7 (October 1924): 90.

[3] According to the Knoedler stock books, the painting was consigned by Mrs. Stout as Knoedler's number CA 267 (Getty Provenance Index).

[4] Mellon purchase date and date deeded to Mellon Trust are according to Mellon collection files in NGA curatorial records and David Finley's notebook (donated to the National Gallery of Art in 1977, now in the Gallery Archives).

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