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Portrait of a Man (Rosario Persico?)

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Possibly Persico family, Naples [see note 1]. Germaro Volpe, Paris; sold by Volpe to Marcel Marie Léonce Nicolle, Paris [see note 2]; sold by Nicolle to Herman Heilbuth (b. 1861 - d. 1945), Copenhagen; probably sold by Heilbuth to Ehrich Galleries, New York [see note 3]; 1924, consigned by Ehrich Galleries to Robert C. Vose Galleries, Boston (stock no. 6601); 1924, sold by Vose to the MFA for $9500. (Accession Date: July 17, 1924) NOTES: [1] In a signed statement (October 29, 1924), Marcel Nicolle attested that he had purchased this painting in Paris from Germano Volpe, who declared that it represented Rosario Persico and had come from his family. [2] Nicolle was a dealer with Trotti et Cie. Heilbuth acquired several paintings from him. [3] Many paintings from Heilbuth's collection were subsequently with Ehrich Brothers; see, for example, MFA accession no. 23.272.

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S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income

about 1812


99 x 78.7 cm (39 x 31 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas