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Pensionante del Saraceni
Still Life with Fruit and Carafe

c. 1610/1620
oil on canvas
50.4 x 71.6 cm (19 13/16 x 28 3/16 in)
Michelangelo, 1475 -1564
Fejer de Buck, Rome, possibly by 1929. [1] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Rome and Florence); purchased 1935 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1939 to NGA.

[1] According to National Gallery of Art, Preliminary Catalogue of Paintings and Sculpture, Washington, D.C., 1941: 32. Roberto Longhi, "Quesiti Caravaggeschi", Pinacotheca I (1929): fig. 17, published the painting as in a Roman private collection. No information has been located about Fejer de Buck, from whom Contini-Bonacossi acquired two other paintings later sold to Kress (K534, now North Carolina Museum of Art and K197, now Berea College).
[2] According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XVI-SVIII Century, London, 1973: 65, and Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:112; the expert opinions on the backs of photographs from the Kress Files, NGA curatorial files, are dated 1935.
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