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Poppies in a Wine Flask

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It was once believed that this still life was the work of the great seventeenth century Italian painted Caravaggio. Caravaggio’s revolutionary paintings focused on everyday people and objects, which he depicted with robust naturalism and made emphatically three-dimensional through bold...

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Falsely signed, lower right: M A'Cariva [...] fe


By 1698, Earls of Leicester, Penshurst Place, Kent, England, UK (painting said to be at Penshurst since 17th c.); until 1945, by descent within the family to William Philip Sidney, 6th Baron De L'Isle and Dudley, Penshurst Place; 1950, placed on consignment by Lord De' Isle to Paul Cassirer, Inc., Amsterdam and London [see note 1]; 1950, sold by Cassirer to the MFA for $20,160. (Accession Date: April 13, 1950) NOTES: [1] Sold to Paul Cassirer as a painting by Caravaggio.

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Charles Potter Kling Fund


65.1 x 56.5 cm (25 5/8 x 22 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas