Master of the Prado "Adoration of the Magi"
The Presentation in the Temple
oil on panel
painted surface: 57.9 x 47.8 cm (22 13/16 x 18 13/16 in)
Count Johann Rudolph Czernin von Chudenitz [1757-1845], Vienna, by 1823;  by inheritance through the family of the counts Czernin, Vienna; Count Eugen Czernin von Chudenitz [1892-1955], Vienna, until about 1954. (Wildenstein & Co., Inc., New York), by 1954; purchased 1955 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1961 to NGA.  Franz Heinrich Böckh, Merkwürdigkeiten der Haupt- und Residenz-Stadt Wien und ihrer nächsten Umgebungen; ein Handbuch für Einheimische und Fremde, 2 vols., Vienna, 1823: I:294-295. Colin Eisler, in Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: European Schools Excluding Italian, Oxford, 1977: 59-60, states that Czernin probably purchased the painting from Edward Solly; the basis for this statement is not given, however.  A letter dated 8 February 1955 from Wildenstein & Co. to the Kress Foundation outlines the agreement for the sale of two paintings and a bronze figure (copy in NGA curatorial files). One of the paintings was Presentation in the Temple "by Memling."