Madonna and Child
tempera on panel
painted surface: 32.8 x 24.7 cm (12 15/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Eugen Miller von Aichholz [1835-1919], Vienna.  Camillo Castiglioni, Vienna, by 1924;  (his sale, Frederik Muller & Co., Amsterdam, 17-20 November 1925, no. 10); purchased by (P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London and New York) for Mme E. ten Cate, Enschede, The Netherlands; purchased April 1930 by (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London and New York);  sold 1937 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1939 to NGA.  Collections Camillo Castiglioni de Vienne, 3 vols., Frederik Muller & Cie., Amsterdam, 1925: 1:3. According to a memorandum of 7 April 1949 (in NGA curatorial files), William Suida recalled that about 1910 von Aichholz told him he had bought this picture, perhaps around 1890, from a nobleman in a castle in the Romagna, Italy.  Castiglioni lent the painting to the 1924 exhibition in Vienna.  The negotiations for the painting were begun in February 1930, and are documented in a series of messages between Duveen Brothers' offices in New York, Paris, and London. The sale was concluded by 15 April 1930, when the Paris office cabled New York: "Concluded Crivelli...plus 10 percent for Venturi. Funds must be paid immediately...as are warned if payment delayed after holidays lady may change her mind." (Copies are in NGA curatorial files; Box 234, Folder 10, Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles). See also Franz Drey, Carlo Crivelli und seine Schule. Munich, 1927: 122-123, and Pietro Zampetti, Carlo Crivelli, Florence, 1986: 287.  The Duveen Brothers letter confirming the sale of twenty-four paintings, including NGA 1939.1.264, is dated 9 March 1937; the provenance is given as "Ten Cate Collection" (copy in NGA curatorial files; Box 474, Folder 5, Duveen Brothers Records, accession number 960015, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles).