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Titian and Workshop
Saint John the Evangelist on Patmos

c. 1553/1555
oil on canvas
237.6 x 263 cm (93 9/16 x 103 9/16 in)
Commissioned by the Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice; confiscated 1806 by the state, and transferred to the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice; exchanged 1818 with (Barbini, Turin). [1] Count Bertalazione d'Arache, Turin, by 1885. [2] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); sold 1954 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1957 to NGA. [1] Francesco Zanotto, Pinacoteca della I. R. Accademia Veneta di Belle Arti, Venice, 1834: 2:n.p.; Sandra Moschini Marconi, Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia, Vol. 1: Opere d’arte del secolo XIV e XV, Venice, 1955: xvi; Sandra Moschini Marconi, Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia, Vol. 2: Opere d’arte del secolo XVI, Venice, 1962: 262-263. [2] Giovanni Battista Cadorin, Note dei luoghi dove si trovano opere di Tiziano, San Fior di Conegliano, 1885: 18. [3] On 7 June 1954 the Kress Foundation made an offer to Contini-Bonacossi for sixteen paintings, including the NGA painting which was listed as St. John the Evangelist (Ceiling) by Titian. In a draft of one of the documents prepared for the Count's signature in connection with the offer this painting is described as one "which came from my personal collection in Florence." The Count accepted the offer on 30 June 1954; the final payment for the purchase was ultimately made in early 1957, after the Count's death in 1955. (See copies of correspondence in NGA curatorial files.)
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