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Virtue and Nobility Crowning Love

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Provenance

About 1759-1761, Alvise Mocenigo family, Palazzo Mocenigo (Casa Nuova) at S. Samuele, Venice (original commission) [see note 1]; by descent within the Mocenigo family; 1878, palace inherited by the Robilant family; by descent within the family to the Conte di Robilant, Palazzo Mocenigo (Casa Nuova) at S. Samuele, Venice; about 1930, removed from the Casa Nuova and sold by the Conte di Robilant to Durlacher Brothers, New York [see note 2]; 1930, sold by Durlacher to the MFA for $58,711. (Accession Date: July 17, 1930) NOTES: [1] Stefania Mason, "Il Caso Mocenigo di San Samuele," in Il collezionismo d'arte a Venezia, ed. Linda Borean and Stefania Mason (Venice, 2009), p. 185, has suggested that the commission of this ceiling painting can be associated with the marriage of Alvise V Sebastiano Mocenigo to Chiara Zen in 1759, was probably executed by Tiepolo between 1760 and 1762. [2] The dealer Harold W. Parsons, Rome, acted as an intermediary for this sale. In 1954, Parsons also acted the intermediary for the acquisition of the frame, which had been detached from the canvas and discovered only after the sale of the painting to the MFA.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

about 1759–61

Dimensions

377.2 x 302.9 cm (148 1/2 x 119 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

30.539

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

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Europe

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