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Assumption of the Virgin

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Paulus de Mattheis. 1707


1948, E. J. Gooderham collection; December 10, 1948, posthumous Gooderham sale, Christie, Manson and Woods, London, lot 105, to Wiggins (probably Arnold Wiggins and Sons, Ltd.) [see note 1]. 1985, John Morton Morris and Co., London; April, 1985, sold by Morris and Co. to Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel, Boston; 2004, gift of Azita Bina and Elmar W. Seibel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 2004) NOTES: [1] The name of the buyer is inscribed in a copy of the auction catalogue (reproduction in MFA file). On the reverse of the frame is a label of Arnold Wiggins and Sons, Ltd., London, frame makers. While the earlier history of the painting has not been securely established, it is notable that an Assumption is recorded in the 1728 posthumous inventory of the artist: "Un quadro dell'assunta con cornice negra. palmi 4 e 6 mano della Buona Anima." Inventory of July 27, 1728, Naples, published by Gérard Labrot, "Collections of Paintings in Naples, 1600-1780" (Munich: Saur, 1992), p. 353 (f. 2v, no. 60). The dimensions given (about 135.8 x 90.5 cm) are larger than those of the MFA painting (102.2 x 76.8 cm), though it is not known if the frame was included. A painting of the Assumption by Matteis also appeared in the posthumous sale of Joseph Shapland, Tewkesbury Lodge, near Gloucestershire: September 12, 1837, Christie's, London (sale held at Tewkesbury Lodge), lot 142, "Assumption of the Virgin, with a choir of angels; a beautiful composition, full of sweet character," bought in.

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Gift of Azita Bina-Seibel and Elmar W. Seibel in memory of Peter Seibel



Overall: 102.2 x 76.8cm (40 1/4 x 30 1/4in.) Framed: 130.2 x 104.1 cm (51 1/4 x 41 in.)

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Oil on canvas