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Provenance

(Thomas Humphrey Ward [1845-1926], London).[1] (Kleinberger Galleries, New York), by 1932.[2] (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 3 December 1942, no. 34); purchased by Victor Bacchi.[3] Howard Sturges [d. 1955], Providence, Rhode Island; bequest 1956 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1932
Italian Baroque Painting and Drawing. XVI, XVII, XVIII Centuries, assembled by the College Art Association, Kleinberger Galleries, New York, 1932, cat. unpaginated and unnumbered.
1933
Opening Exhibition in Honor of James Philip and Julia Emma Gray, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1933, no. 89.
1967
The Art of Venice: An Exhibition of Five Works of Venetian Masters on extended loan from The Lending Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Tampa Bay Art Center, University of Tampa, Florida, 1967-1969, p. 7, repro.
1969
Art of Italy, Miami Art Center, 1969, no cat.
1969
Inaugural Exhibition: European Paintings, The Art Museum, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1969-1970, no cat.
1978
The Tiepolos: Painters to Princes and Prelates, Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama; Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1978, no. 16.
Bibliography
1965
Summary Catalogue of European Paintings and Sculpture. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1965: 127, as The Apotheosis of a Saint.
1968
European Paintings and Sculpture, Illustrations. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1968: 113, repro., as The Apotheosis of a Saint.
1971
Maruiuz, Adriano. Giandomenico Tiepolo. Venice, 1971: 114, as by Giandomenico Tiepolo.
1972
Fredericksen, Burton B., and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, Mass., 1972: 198.
1975
European Paintings: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1975: 338, repro., as The Apotheosis of a Saint.
1979
Hannegan, Barry. "A Tiepolo Exhibition and a Newly Discovered Work By Giambattista." Arte Veneta 33 (1979): 201, repro.
1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:453-454, II:pl. 321.
1985
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 390, repro., as The Apotheosis of a Saint.
1993
Brown, Beverly Louise. Giambattista Tiepolo: Master of the Oil Sketch. Exh. cat. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. Milan and New York, 1993: 206-208, under no. 22, repro.
1993
Gemin, Massimo, and Filippo Pedrocco. Giambattista Tiepolo. Venice, 1993: 475, no. 499, repro.
1996
De Grazia, Diane, and Eric Garberson, with Edgar Peters Bowron, Peter M. Lukehart, and Mitchell Merling. Italian Paintings of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1996: 297-301, color repro. 299.
2002
Pedrocco, Filippo. Giambattista Tiepolo. Milan, 2002: no. 267, repro.
Technical Summary

The support is a medium-weight, plain-weave fabric with a very open, uneven weave. The ground is a moderately thin, dark red layer. The paint was applied fluidly in moderately thick layers overall and the brushwork is evident throughout. The shadows are painted more thinly, allowing the ground to show through. The dark outlines were applied last.

Remnants of the tacking margins are visible as is modest cusping, indicating that the original dimensions have not been altered. The quilted appearance of the surface is the result of the canvas weave having been accentuated during a lining prior to acquisition in 1956. Numerous losses and areas of abrasion are scattered throughout, but are concentrated at the right. Discolored varnish was removed and the painting was restored by Marie von Möller in 1989-1990.