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Saint James the Great of Compostella

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This fragment, probably part of an altarpiece, presents Saint James as a pilgrim like those who flocked to the shrine of his relics in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. The painter is named after an altarpiece illustrating the life of Saint Bartholomew now in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich.


Richard von Kaufmann (b. 1849 - d. 1908), Berlin; December 4, 1917, Kaufmann sale, Cassirer and Helbing, Berlin, lot 133, to Walter von Pannwitz (d. 1920), Heemstede, The Netherlands [see note 1]; transferred to The Aurora Trust [see note 2]; July 6, 1966, Aurora Trust sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 72, to Thomas Agnew and Sons, Ltd., London; June 21, 1967, sold by Agnew 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: [1] Der Cicerone, January, 1918, pp. 26-27; also see letter from Gerald G. Stiebel to the MFA (April 28, 2002; in MFA curatorial files) and Otto von Falke and Max J. Friedländer, "Die Kunstsammlung von Pannwitz" (Munich, 1925), cat. no. 8. [2] The Aurora Trust was set up in the late 1940s by Walter von Pannwitz's widow, Catalina, as a respository for the their art collection.

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Bequest of William A. Coolidge


Overall: 14.3 x 13cm (5 5/8 x 5 1/8in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel