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Giovanni Paolo Panini
Interior of the Pantheon, Rome

c. 1734
oil on canvas
128 x 99 cm (50 3/8 x 39 in)
The Dowager Countess of Norfolk; [1] (Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 20 November 1925, no. 69); bought by (William Sabin, London); [2] sold presumably by him to (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi, Rome); purchased October 1927 by Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955], New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA.

[1] Oral communication from Charles Beddington, Christie's, 17 March 1993.
[2] Art Prices Current, n.s. 5 (1925-1926): 29, no. 618.
[3] The bill of sale for sculpture, maiolica, furniture, antique velvet, and several paintings, including NGA 1939.1.24, is dated 5 October 1927 (copy in NGA curatorial files). The Panini was the first non-Renaissance Italian painting acquired by Kress (see Edgar Peters Bowron, "The Kress Brothers and Their 'Bucolic Pictures': The Creation of an Italian Baroque Collection", in A Gift to America: Masterpieces of European Painting from the Samuel H. Kress Collection, Exh. cat. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 1994: 43, fig. 2).
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