About 1522-24 until 1587, apse of San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, Italy (original commission) [see note 1]. By 1888, Abbot Michele Bignami (b. 1808 - d. 1888), Casalmaggiore, near Parma, Italy [see note 2]; sold at his death to Biagi, Cremona; 1917, sold by Biagi to an unknown collector, Treviglio [see note 3]. 1955, Ettore Sestieri, Rome; sold by Sestieri to Adolph Loewi, Los Angeles; 1956, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $2,800. (Accession Date: April 12, 1956) NOTES:  The fresco in the apse depicted the Coronation of the Virgin, of which this was a part. In 1587, when the choir of the church was extended, the apse was destroyed.  This information comes from a handwritten note once attached to the back of the painting, where the owner is named as "Bignami" from Parma. This is probably the collector Michele Bignami.  This information comes from the note cited above (see n. 2); the name of the buyer is illegible. In the MFA curatorial file is a letter from the conservator Luigi Cavenaghi, Milan (August 6, 1917) that authenticates the painting but does not specify its owner or location.
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