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Saint Cecilia

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Provenance

With Thomas Agnew and Sons, London [see note 1]. By 1928, Metropolitan Galleries, New York; 1935, sold by Metropolitan Galleries to Julius H. Weitzner (dealer), New York [see note 2]; 1936, acquired by exchange from Julius Weitzner by the MFA. (Accession Date: April 16, 1936) NOTES: [1] There is an Agnew label on the reverse of the painting's stretcher. [2] According to Julius Weitzner (letter to James Plaut of the MFA, September 24, 1936): "It was acquired about twenty years ago by a deceased New York dealer at a sale in Christie's as by Caravaggio. The painting was on the New York market for years as by Caravaggio. ...[I]n 1926-1927 when Dr. Hermann Voss...visited New York I took him to see the painting at a Fifth Avenue gallery.... Last Spring I acquired it from the Fifth Avenue gallery." The painting was certainly with Metropolitan Galleries by 1928 (the year Dr. Voss is known to have visited the U.S.); it was featured in an advertisement that ran in Art Quarterly 2, no. 15 (May 1, 1928), as by Caravaggio.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, by exchange

about 1645

Dimensions

92.7 x 74.3 cm (36 1/2 x 29 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

36.269

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

Collections

Europe

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