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Workshop of Jacopo Tintoretto
The Worship of the Golden Calf

c. 1594
oil on canvas
158.8 × 272.2 cm (62 1/2 × 107 3/16 in)
Hastings (or Hasting) collection, England. [1] possibly (David M. Koetser Gallery, New York). [2] (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence); sold 26 June 1935 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [3] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] The bill of sale to the Kress Foundation (see note 3) says the painting was "formerly in the Hasting's[sic] Collection, England." It has not yet been determined which collection this was; see notes in NGA curatorial files. The Getty Provenance Index Database of the contents of sale catalogues lists a Christie's sale of 24-27 June 1833, held in Bath, England, of the large collection of "John Pura, Esq., deceased" (sale catalogue Br-13849). Lot number 130 of this sale, sold on the second day of the sale to "Rickets," was described as a painting by Tintoretto, "The Worshipping the Molten Calf, -- a grand composition of many figures." As there are no dimensions, further description, or illustration in the catalogue, it is not possible to determine if this was the NGA painting. [2] See the letter of 27 October 1948, in NGA curatorial files, from Stephen Pichetto, Kress Foundation conservator, to John Walker, then NGA curator, in which Walker wrote that Koetser said he had once owned the painting. Koetser told Walker the painting had been purchased "at Christie's or at Sutherland's in three parts and that there was a fourth part that they did not succeed in acquiring." Walker suggested the fourth part "must have been the trees at the top." [3] The bill of sale was for seven paintings and a number of decorative art objects (copy in NGA curatorial files).
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