In designing this painting, Candido drew on a tradition of adapting other artists' compositions, basing his image on a Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine by Christoph Schwarz, his predecessor as court painter to Maximilian I in Munich.
Late 19th century, given to Queen Alexandra's House, London [see note 1]; March 28, 1969, Queen Alexandra's House Association and others sale, Christie's, London, lot 55, to Edward Speelman, Ltd., London. By 1970, Christian Humann, New York [see note 2]; 1979, sold by Humann to Art Associates Partnership, Paris; 1980, sold by Art Associates Partnership to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 19, 1980) NOTES:  Brigitte Volk-Knüttel, "Candid nach Schwarz," Münchner Jahrbuch der bildenden Kunst 39 (1988): 129, n. 23.  The painting was lent anonymously to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in October, 1970, and remained there until 1979. See Volk-Knüttel (as above, n. 1). By 1978, Humann sought to sell it through Art Associates Partnership and in 1979, its ownership had been transferred to the gallery.
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