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Donato Creti
Alexander the Great Threatened by His Father

probably 1700/1705
oil on canvas
129.7 x 97 cm (51 1/16 x 38 3/16 in)
Possibly Count Alessandro Fava; his son, Count Pietro Ercole Fava [1667 or 1669-1744], Bologna, by 1739; [1] his son, Carlo Fava [d. 1790], Bologna, until at least c. 1770. [2] (Julius H. Weitzner [1896-1986], New York), by 1938; [3] purchased 1952 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [4] gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] Giampietro Zanotti, Storia dell'Accademia Clementina di Bologna, 2 vols., Bologna, 1739 (reprinted 1977): 2:106, places the painting in Palazzo Fava; it is listed in Pietro Ercole's posthumous inventory of 1745, published in Giovanni Campori, Raccolta di cataloghi ed inventari inediti, Modena, 1870 (reprinted Bologna 1975): 602. Alessandro Fava was Creti's first patron and collected many of the artist's drawings.
[2] It appears in the list of paintings in Bolognese houses compiled in the 1760s and 1770s by Marcello Oretti, "Le pitture...della Città di Bologna", 3 vols., Biblioteca Comunale, Bologna, MS B104, in Marcello Oretti e il patrimonio artistico privato bolognese. (Documenti 22), edited by Emilia Calbi and Daniela Scaglietti Kelescian, Bologna, 1984: 90. According to Giuseppe Guidicini, Cose notabili della città di Bologna, 5 vols., 1868-1873: 2:186-188, Carlo Fava had no heirs and the palace passed to another branch of the family.
[3] According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XVI-XVIII Century, London, 1973: 101; and Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:148.
[4] Paintings and Sculpture from the Kress Collection, Acquired by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation 1951-1956, Washington, D.C., 1956: 62.
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