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image of Portrait of a Lady Neroccio de' Landi (artist)
Sienese, 1447 - 1500
Portrait of a Lady, c. 1485
tempera on panel
painted surface: 47 x 30.5 cm (18 1/2 x 12 in.) overall (engaged frame): 61.8 x 45.6 x 5.2 cm (24 5/16 x 17 15/16 x 2 1/16 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.47
On View
From the Tour: Siena in the 1400s
Object 5 of 7

Provenance

(Professor Luigi Grassi [1858-1940], Florence and Rome), by June 1911. (Arthur J. Sulley & Co., London), by September 1911;[1] sold January 1912 to Peter A.B. Widener, Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Philadelphia;[2] inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania;[3] gift 1942 to NGA.

[1] In a letter of 11 June 1911 Sulley informed Bernard Berenson of his decision to buy the Neroccio portrait from Grassi. On 11 September of the same year he wrote again to Berenson, stating that the portrait was already in London. See Berenson's correspondence in the archives of the Biblioteca Berenson, Villa I Tatti, Florence.

[2] The Widener collection card (in NGA curatorial files) records the painting as having been "bought from Sulley, January 15, 1912." Joseph Widener wrote to Berenson on 5 March 1912 about "recent additions, the best of which...is that charming little portrait by Neroccio di Landi" (David Alan Brown, Berenson and the Connoisseurship of Italian Painting, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1979: 21, 53 n. 34).

[3] Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of the Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:344.

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