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Sebastiano Ricci
The Exaltation of the True Cross

oil on canvas
84 x 35 cm (33 1/16 x 13 3/4 in)
Count Grigory Stroganov [1829-1910], Rome. [1] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Rome, 1927); purchased 1931 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: 169. This painting and its pendant (NGA 1939.1.71) do not appear in catalogues of Stroganov sales or in those of the collection, which include only selected works. According to Antonio Muñoz, La collezione Stroganoff, Rome, 1910, Stroganov amassed his collection c. 1880-1890 and bought many things from the sale of Cardinal Immenraet. It has not been possible to locate a catalogue of the Immenraet collection.
[2] The dates are given on the back of a photograph sent to the Frick Art Reference Library by Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi at the NGA on 1 July 1969. The painting and its pendant are documented in the Kress collection in 1932 by Alfred M. Frankfurter, "Eighteenth Century Venice in a New York Collection", The Fine Arts 19 (December 1932): 30.
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