at the bottom: R.P.Joan. Antoni Philippin. Roma. Prior Generalis / toitus ordinis Carmelitar. anno aetatis. 52 / Domini 1651. quo in Galliam venit. signed, lower right: Ph De Champaigne Pinxit 1651
Until 1674, the artist [see note 1]; probably from the artist to Nicholas de Plattemontagne (b. 1631 - d. 1706), Paris [see note 2]. Possibly Jean-Louis Laneuville (b. 1748 - d. 1826), Paris; June 5-7, 1826, possibly posthumous Laneuville sale, Paris, lot 70 [see note 3]. By 1952, Knoedler and Co., New York [see note 4]; May 9, 1958, sold by Knoedler to William A. Coolidge (b. 1901 - d. 1992), Topsfield and Cambridge, MA; 1993, bequest of William A. Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1993) NOTES:  Philippe de Champaigne painted two versions of this portrait of Giovanni Antonio Philippini, a Carmelite prior, during the latter's visit to Paris in 1651. One version belonged to the sitter and was given to his convent of San Martino ai Monti, Rome, where it remains. The other version remained with the artist until his death in 1674, and was included in his posthumous inventory (August 17, 1674). See Bernard Dorival, "Philippe de Champaigne, 1602-1674. La vie, l'oeuvre, et le catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre" (Paris, 1976), 111-112, cat. no. 201.  Nicolas de Plattemontagne was Champaigne's pupil. According to Dorival 1976 (as above, n. 1), this painting was listed in his posthumous inventory.  Lot 70 in this auction has been tentatively identified with the MFA painting; it is described as a portrait of a "man of the church, wearing a cross of St. Andrew on his cowl. ...Age 58." The man in the MFA painting does not wear a cross, and his age is given as 52.  Knoedler lent the painting to the exhibition "Philippe de Champaigne" (Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, 1952), cat. no. 39, pp. 69-70.
Bequest of William A. Coolidge