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Vittore Carpaccio
Portrait of a Woman Holding a Book

oil on lindenwood panel
40.6 x 30.4 cm (16 x 12 in)
Private collection, Milan. Michel Van Gelder, Château Zeecrabbe, Uccle, Belgium. [1] (Matthiesen Gallery, Berlin), from at least 1928 until 1931. [2] (Julius Böhler, Munich) in 1931. [3] Possibly (Leo Blumenreich, Berlin). [4] Captain Norman Robert Colville [1893-1974], London; (his sale, Christie's, London, 24 February 1939, no. 99, withdrawn). [5] (Matthiesen, London) in 1939. Mrs. Sterner, US. [6] (Paul Drey, New York), by 1942; [7] sold 1948 to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955]; gift 1961 to the Denver Art Museum, no. 1961.168 (on loan from the Kress Foundation, 1954–61). [1] Not described in Louis Dumont-Wilden, La collection Michel van Gelder : au château Zeecrabbe, a Uccle, Brussels, 1911. [2] Illustrated and decribed as with Matthiesen in Pantheon, October 1928 p. 510 and 520; mentioned also in Pantheon, February 1931 p. 69, repro frontispiece. [3] Böhler per annotated photo mount in Will Library, London. [4] Blumenreich per annotated photo mount in Will Library, London. [5] Withdrawn from sale and returned to owner, per Christie's Archives, London. [6] Matthiesen and Sterner per annotated photo mounts in Will Library, London. The latter may refer to the Marie Sterner Gallery in New York. [7] Lent by Drey to an exhibition in Baltimore in 1942.
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