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Church of Saint Cecilia, Cologne

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Lower right: G Berck Heyde / [...]


1865, Sergey Mikhailovich Golitsyn (b. 1843), Museum of Western European Painting of Prince S. M. Golitsyn, Moscow; 1886, museum collection sold by Golitsyn to the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (inventory no. 2410) [see note 1]; 1929, deaccessioned by the Hermitage and sold, probably to the Galerie Van Diemen, Berlin; 1930, sold by Van Diemen to M. Knoedler and Co., Paris and New York (stock no. A 1263) [see note 2]; 1938, sold by Knoedler to the MFA for $1650. (Accession Date: November 10, 1938) NOTES: [1] Information about the painting's pre-1930 provenance was kindly provided by Irina Sokolova, Curator, State Hermitage Museum (e-mail correspondence, September 18, 2006). For more on the foundation of the Golitsyn Museum in 1865 and its sale in 1886, see R. P. Gray, "The Golitsyn and Kushelev-Bezborodko Collections and Their Role in the Evolution of Public Art Galleries in Russia," Oxford Slavonic Papers n.s., vol. 31 (1998): 51-67, esp. 55-56. [2] Information about the transaction between Van Diemen and Knoedler was provided by the Getty Research Institute.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Charles Gaston Smith's Group

about 1670–80


33 x 40.6 cm (13 x 16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on panel