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Sebastiano Ricci
The Last Supper

oil on canvas
67 x 104 cm (26 3/8 x 40 15/16 in)
Possibly the Manfrin collection, Palazzo Venier, Venice. [1] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence), by 1937; purchased 1939 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1943 to NGA.

[1] Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:400, listed only "Palazzo Venier," while Jeffery Daniels, Sebastiano Ricci, Hove, 1976: 153, gives "Venice, Palazzo Venier, Manfrin." Neither offers any documentation. The Palazzo Priuli-Venier was purchased in 1787 by Count Girolamo Manfrin [d. 1801], a wealthy tobacco producer, who installed his art collection there. The painting does not appear in the Catalogo dei quadri esistenti nella Galleria Manfrin in Venezia, Venice, 1856, or in the subsequent sales of Manfrin's daughter Giovanna Plattis (Sambon, Venice, 24-25 May 1870) or granddaughter Lina Plattis-Sardegna (Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 13-14 May 1897). On the collection's history, see the prefaces to the sale catalogues and Giuseppe Tassini, Alcuni palazzi di venezia storicamente illustrata con annotazioni, Venice, 1879, 191-192. Neither Tassini nor other nineteenth-century guidebooks mention significant art collections in the other Venier palaces.
[2] According to notations in the Kress records, NGA curatorial files. Expert opinions by Roberto Longhi, William Suida, and Giuseppe Fiocco on the back of photographs from the Kress files, evidently prepared for Contini, are dated Florence, 1937.
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