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Saint Cecilia

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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.

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William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, by exchange

about 1645


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

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas