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Possibly the Palazzo Farnese, Rome, before 1704 until at least 1722. Antonio Ramirez di Montalvo, Florence, by 1844. Frédéric Mylius, Genoa, before 1879; (his sale, Genoa, 5 November 1879, no. 179); purchased by J. Charvet; returned to Mylius family by 1882; art market, Milan, possibly on consignment from the Mylius family, 1905 until at least c. 1925; acquired from the Mylius family by (Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York);[1] purchased 6 November 1959 by NGA.


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