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Tanzio da Varallo
Saint Sebastian

K348
1894
Italian
c. 1620/1630
oil on canvas
Painting
117.3 x 93.7 cm (46 3/16 x 36 7/8 in)
(Tomei, Milan, 1916). [1] Achillito Chiesa, Milan, by 1922 until at least 1924. [2] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); purchased 1935 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA.

[1] Roberto Longhi, Scritti giovanili, 2 vols., Florence, 1961: 511, took credit for changing the attribution from Rubens to Tanzio in 1916 when the painting was owned by "l'antiquario Tomei."
[2] Listed as the owner in the 1922 Palazzo Pitti catalogue; following Chiesa's bankruptcy, the collection was dissolved at several sales in New York and Europe beginning in 1924: see Wesley Towner, The Elegant Auctioneers, New York, 1970: 382-383, 412- 414. The painting does not appear in the New York sale catalogues.
[3] According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings in the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XVI-XVIII Century, London, 1973: 81, and Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:439.
1939.1.191
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