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Master of the Osservanza (Sano di Pietro?)
Saint Anthony Distributing His Wealth to the Poor

c. 1430/1435
tempera on poplar panel
painted surface: 46.4 x 33.6 cm (18 1/4 x 13 1/4 in)
Sassetta, probably 1392-1450
Probably Aloisi-Vicoli-Caccialupi family, San Severino Marche; by inheritance to Count Augusto Caccialupi Olivieri [1834-1897], Macerata, by 1870; [1] purchased by Robert Jenkins Nevin [1839-1906], Rome. [2] Dan Fellows Platt [1873-1938], Englewood, New Jersey, in 1906; [3] sold November 1943 by the trustees of the Platt estate to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [4] gift 1952 to NGA. [1] See Filippo Raffaelli, Catalogo di quadric divarie scuole pittoriche raccolti dal Sig. Conte Augusto Caccialupi in Macerata, Macerata, 1870: 6, nos. V, VI. Count Augusto Caccialupi's family inherited, apart from the Caccialupi estate, also those of the Aloisi and Vicoli families of San Severino. The Caccialupis were also from this city; Count Augusto, however, lived in Macerata; see Vittorio Spreti, Enciclopedia storico-nobiliare italiana, Milan, 1929: 2:226-229, and Aldo Adversi, Dante Cecchi, and Libero Paci, Storia di Macerata, 5 vols., Macerata, 1971-1977: 2(1972):59. [2] In the preface to the Catalogo della vendita della collezione del fu reverendo Dottor Roberto I. Nevin..., sale cat. Galleria Sangiorgi, Rome, 22-27 April 1907: 8, F. Mason Perkins mentions that a group of paintings was acquired by Nevin from the Caccialupi collection. According to Giusepe Vitalini Sacconi (Pittura marchigiana. La scuola camerinese, Trieste, 1968: 238 n. 285), Nevin bought all of what at that remained of the collection, a considerable part of which was already sold before 1870. The provenance of NGA 1952.5.20 and NGA 1952.5.21 from the Nevin collection is first stated by Lionello Venturi, Pitture italiane in America, Milan, 1931: no. CXXV. They must have been sold before Nevin died, as they are not in the catalogue of his 1907 estate sale. [3] There seen already by F. Mason Perkins, "Quattro tavole inedite del Sassetta," Rassegna d'Arte Senese 7 (1907): 45-46. See Dan Fellows Platt Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University, NJ; box 2, folder 23, call number C0860. [4] The bill of sale for six paintings from Ethel Bliss Platt, as trustee of the estate of Dan Fellows Platt, to the Kress Foundation is dated 30 November 1943. A letter of the same date from the Foundation to Mrs. Platt confirms that the purchase is "made with the understanding that [the paintings] are to be deeded to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C." (Copies of both documents are in NGA curatorial files.)
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