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Sandro Botticelli
The Nativity

c. 1473-75
fresco transferred to canvas
161.3 x 137.2 cm (63-1/2 x 54 in)
Sir William Neville Abdy [1844-1910], 2nd bt., London and Newdigate, Dorking, Surrey,by 1885; [1] by inheritance to his daughter, Florence, Lady Abdy [d. 1922], Dorking and London; (her sale, Christie's, London, 5 May 1911, no. 86); (Prideaux); (Charles Sedelmeyer). Marczell von Nemes [1866-1930], Munich-Budapest, by 1912; [2] (his sale, Galerie Manzi-Joyant, Paris, 17 June 1913, no. 4); (Broux-Gilbert, Paris). (Charles Sedelmeyer, Paris). Staatliche Museen, Berlin; (Staatliche Museen Sale, Julius Böhler, Munich, 1 June 1937, no. 654); (Duveen Brothers, Inc., New York); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 9 January 1946; gift to the Columbia Museum of Art in 1961, no. CMA 1962.29. [1] Exposition de Tableaux, Statues et Objects d'Art au Profit de l'oeuvre des Orphelines d'Alsace-Lorraine, Paris, 1885. [2] Exhibited at the Staattliche Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, 1912-1913. After unsuccessful attempts to sell the painting, it was seized by German government in 1930 for unpaid debts.
CMA 1954.29
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