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By 1800, Baron von Quast, Schloss Radensleben, Brandenburg, Germany [see note 1]; until 1933, by descent within the family; sold by the Baron von Quast to Adolfo Loewi, Venice; 1933, sold by Loewi to the MFA for $80,000. (Accession Date: December 22, 1933) NOTES: [1] A letter from Adolfo Loewi to the MFA (February 15, 1934; in curatorial file) states that "according to the family's tradition the picture has belonged to them long before the year 1800." In a letter of December 13, 1933 Loewi states that in 1800 "a Baron Quast undertook the inventorization of the works of art existing in the Mark Brandenberg.... The painting is named in the Brandenburgische Kunstdenkmäler (Government records)." This has not been verified.

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George Nixon Black Fund

  • Follower of Andrea Mantegna, Italian (Paduan, active in Mantua), about 1431–1506

48.5 x 34.6 cm (19 1/8 x 13 5/8 in.)

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Tempera on panel