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


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

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.
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.
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 22, fig. 53.
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.


Shapley, Fern Rusk. Catalogue of the Italian Paintings. 2 vols. Washington, 1979: 1:217-218; 2:pl. 148, 148A, as Circle of Giorgione.
European Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1985: 176, repro.
Anderson, Jaynie. Giorgione: The Painter of "Poetic Brevity". New York, 1997: 314-315, repro.
Danziger, Elon. "he Cook Collection: Its Founder and Its Inheritors." The Burlington Magazine 146, no. 1216 (July 2004): 455.
Brucher, Günter. Geschichte der Venezianischen Malerei. 4 vols. Vol. 3: Von Giorgione zum frühen Tizian. Vienna, 2007-2015: 3(2013):170-173, fig. 48.
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.
Myers, Jeffrey Rayner. "The Secular Conversation of Giorgione's Giovanni Borgherini and His Tutor." Source: Notes in the History of Art 36, no. 1 (Fall 2016): 16-26, 17 fig. 1.

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