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NGA 1939.1.141 formed part of the front predella of Duccio's double-sided altarpiece the Maestà, which was in the course of execution by October 1308 and was placed on the high altar of the Cathedral of Siena on 30 June 1311;[1] the altarpiece was removed from the cathedral in 1506, stored, and then displayed on the wall of the left transept, close to the altar of Saint Sebastian, but probably by this time the predella and gable panels had already been separated from it;[2] the altarpiece was moved to the church of Sant'Ansano in 1777, where its two sides were separated and returned to the cathedral;[3] in 1798 the gables and eight panels of the predella were reported as being kept in the Sacristy of the cathedral, whereas the rest, including NGA 1939.1.141, must already have been in private hands;[4] Giuseppe and Marziale Dini, Colle Val d'Elsa (Siena), by 1879;[5] purchased 1886 by (Charles Fairfax Murray [1849-1919], London and Florence) for Robert Henry [1850-1929] and Evelyn Holford [1856-1943] Benson, London and Buckhurst Park, Sussex;[6] sold 1927 with the entire Benson collection to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris);[7] Clarence H. Mackay [1874-1938], Roslyn, New York, by 1929;[8] sold 1934 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;[9] gift 1939 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1904
Exhibition of Pictures of the School of Siena, Burlington Fine Arts Club, London, 1904, nos. 1 and 7.
1927
Loan Exhibition of the Benson Collection of Old Italian Masters, City of Manchester Art Gallery, 1927, no. 108.
1935
Exposition de L'Art Italien de Cimabue à Tiepolo, Petit Palais, Paris, 1935, no. 150.

Bibliography

1914
Benson, Robert Henry. Catalogue of Italian Pictures at 16 South Street, Park Lane, London and Buckhurst in Sussex. London, privately printed, 1914: no. 4.
1935
Tietze, Hans. Meisterwerke europäischer Malerei in Amerika. Vienna, 1935: 30, repro. (English ed., Masterpieces of European Painting in America. New York, 1939: 30, repro.)
1941
Duveen Brothers. Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America. New York, 1941: nos. 8-10, repros.
1941
Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1941: 60, no. 252, pl. IV.
1942
Book of Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 244, repro. 100.
1944
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds., Masterpieces of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. New York, 1944: 16, color repro.
1944
Frankfurter, Alfred M. The Kress Collection in the National Gallery. New York, 1944: 19, repro.
1945
Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1945 (reprinted 1947, 1949): 8, repro.
1951
Einstein, Lewis. Looking at Italian Pictures in the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1951: 16, repro. 14.
1956
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1956: 14, repro.
1959
Paintings and Sculpture from the Samuel H. Kress Collection. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1959: 14, repro.
1961
Seymour 1961 (Kress), 6-8, color repro.
1963
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. New York, 1963 (reprinted 1964 in French, German, and Spanish): 66, repro.
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 44
1966
Cairns, Huntington, and John Walker, eds. A Pageant of Painting from the National Gallery of Art. 2 vols. New York, 1966: 1:6, color repro.
1966
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools, XIII-XV Century. London, 1966: 13-14, fig. 28.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 37, repro.
1974
Pesenti, Franco Renzo. "Dismembered works of art - Italian painting." In An Illustrated Inventory of Famous Dismembered Works of Art: European Painting. Paris, 1974: 20, 26-27, repro.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 112, repro.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:172, II:pl. 120
1979
Sutton, Denys. "Robert Langton Douglas. Part I." Apollo 109 (April 1979): 295 [49], 296 [50] fig. 3.
1979
Watson, Ross. National Gallery of Art. London, 1979: 17, pl. 1, color repro.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 68, no. 9, color repro.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 137, repro.
1988
Sebag-Montefiore, Charles. "Three Lost Collections of London." National Art Collections Fund Magazine 38 (Christmas 1988): 54.
1996
Gordon, Dillian. “Duccio (di Buoninsegna).” In The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner. 36 vols. London, 1996: 9:345.
1998
Wheeler, Marion, ed. His Face: Images of Christ in Art, New York, 1998: 126, no. 45, color repro.
2004
Hand, John Oliver. National Gallery of Art: Master Paintings from the Collection. Washington and New York, 2004: 10, no. 5, color repro.
2006
Hartt, Frederick and David G. Wilkins. History of Italian Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture. 6th ed. Upper Saddle River, 2006: 106, color fig. 4.6, no. 12.
2011
Gordon, Dillian. The Italian Paintings Before 1400 National Gallery Catalogues. London, 2011: 175-176, under no. NG1330, color fig. 2.
2013
Cappelletti, Lorenzo. "La vocazione dei santi Pietro e Andrea, o piuttosto L'imposizione del nome di Cefa (Pietro) a Simone." Arte Cristiana 10, no. 877 (2013): repro. 274.

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