Tanzio da Varallo
Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness
oil on canvas
165.1 x 113.98 cm (65 x 44-7/8 in)
Enrico Marinucci, Rome;  probably sold 1936/1937 to (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939; gift 1944 to Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, no. 1944.2.  This is probably the painting listed as by Dosso Dossi in a letter dated 1 October 1936 from an Enrico Cappiello, offering pictures on behalf of Marinucci to the director of the Wiliam Rockhill Nelson Gallery (Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, curatorial file for Tanzio da Varallo, 1944.2). It is likely that those paintings came from the collecion of Marinucci's uncle, Cardinal Pietro Gasparri [1852-1934].