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Scenes from the Life of Saint Ursula: Saint Ursula's Response is Delivered (above); Atherius and his Parents Make an Agreement Following Saint Ursula's Wishes (below)

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By 1826, Werner Moritz von Haxthausen (b. 1780 - d. 1842), Cologne and Bad Neuhaus an der Saale, Germany [see note 1]; after 1862, Guttenburg family, Bad Neuhaus an der Saale. 1941, William Randolph Hearst (b. 1863 - d. 1951), New York and Los Angeles; March 25, 1941, Hearst sale, Hammer Galleries, New York, lot 1427-339, to Mrs. Gardiner Fiske, Boston; 1951, gift of Mrs. Gardiner Fiske to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 11, 1951) NOTES: [1] This painting (along with MFA no. 41.707) belonged to a series of eight (?) panels illustrating scenes from the life of St. Ursula. Six remained together until the time of the the Hearst auction in 1941, at which time they were further dispersed. Another panel from this cycle is today in the Steinmetz collection, Darmstadt, Germany. See Hiltrud Kier and Frank Günter Zehnder, Lust und Verlust II, Corpus-Band zu Kölner Gemäldesammlungen 1800-1860 (1998), pp. 305-306, nos. 157-165.

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Gift of Mrs. Gardiner Fiske


128.9 x 111.5 cm (50 3/4 x 43 7/8 in.)

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Oil on panel