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Juan de Valdés Leal
The Assumption of the Virgin

c. 1658/1660
oil on canvas
215.1 x 156.3 cm (84 11/16 x 61 9/16 in)
Removed to Alcázar, Seville in 1810, following French occupation of the city. [1] Marquise de Landolfo Carcano [1872-1912], Paris; (her sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 30 May-1 June 1912, no. 174); Dr. Carvalho,[2] Château Villandry, near Tours. (Rosenberg & Stiebel, New York), after 1950; [3] sold 8 February 1955 to The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [4] gift 1961 to NGA. [1] Manuel Gómez Imaz, Inventario de los cuadros sustraídos por el Gobierno intruso en Sevilla año de 1810, (Seville, 1896), 72, lists a painting of this subject measuring 2 1/2 varas high x 2 varas wide, or 250 cm. by 167 cm. As Colin Eisler, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, (Oxford, 1977), 223, note 11, has pointed out, these dimensions approximately correspond to those of the NGA painting. Paul Lafond, Juan de Valdés Leal (Paris, 1923), 92, identified the painting with one in the Aguado Sale (Paris, March 20-28, 1843)). However, as Eisler 1977, 223, note 12, has stated, the dimensions of this picture (164 x 111 cm.) differ significantly from those of the NGA painting, although the description corresponds closely. [2] Annotated sale catalogue in NGA library, although in some publications "Carvalho" is spelled "Carvallo". [3] Benedicto Nieto, La Asunción de la Virgen en al arte (Madrid, 1950), 158: "La Acunción de la Virgen de la Colección Carvalho del Château Villandry". [4] Copy of 8 February 1955 bill from Rosenberg & Stiebel, NGA curatorial files.
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