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Inscription

lower center on scroll: NON VALET. / INGENIVM.NISI / FACTA/ VALEBVNT (Talent has no worth unless accomplishment follows)

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Provenance

Probably sons of the sitter, Giovanni Borgherini [b. 1496], Florence, and then by inheritance in the Borgherini family until at least 1568;[1] probably by inheritance to the sitter's great-great-grandson, Cavaliere Pier-Francesco Borgherini [1637-1718]; his descendants or private collection, Milan;[2] sold 1923 to Sir Herbert Frederick Cook, 3rd Bt. [1868-1939], Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, until at least 1932;[3] (Thos. Agnew and Sons, London); purchased 1960 by Michael Straight, Alexandria, Virginia;[4] gift 1974 to NGA.

Exhibition History

1953
Loan Exhibition of Thirty-Nine Masterpieces of Venetian Painting. In Honour of the Coronation, and In Aid of the King George VI Memorial Fund, Thos. Agnew & Sons, Ltd., London, 1953, no. 25, as by The Master of the Pitti Three Ages.
1955
Italian Art from the 13th to the 17th Centuries, Birmingham (England) Museum and Art Gallery, 1955, no. 72, as by the Master of the Pitti Three Ages.
1998
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 22, fig. 53.
2000
Dipingere la Musica: Strumenti in posa nell'arte dal Quattrocento al Seicento, Centro Culturale Santa Maria della Pietà, Cremona; Kunsthistorisches Museum Art Center, Palais Harrach, Vienna, 2000-2001, no. IV.10.

Bibliography

1979
Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1979: I:217-218, II:pl. 148, 148A, as Circle of Giorgione.
1985
_European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 176, repro.
1997
Anderson, Jaynie. Giorgione: The Painter of "Poetic Beauty". New York, 1997: 314-315, repro.
2004
Danziger, Elon. "he Cook Collection: Its Founder and Its Inheritors." The Burlington Magazine 146, no. 1216 (July 2004): 455.
2013
Frank, Mary Engel. “'Donne attempate': Women of a Certain Age in Sixteenth-Century Venetian Art.” 2 vols. Ph.D. dissertation, Princeton University, 2006: 1:281, 319, fig. 212.

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