Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen
The Circumcision of Christ
oil on fabric, mounted on panel
109.2 x 60.4 cm (43 x 23 in)
Possibly Cornelius Suycker, Haarlem, Netherlands, before 1604.  Emile Gavet [c.1830-1904], Paris, by 1889 as Albrecht Altdorfer.  Mrs. Henry [Sarah] Walters [d. 1943], Baltimore; (her sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 1 May 1941, no. 1193A as Dutch c. 1520).  (Julius Weitzner, New York) by 1944;  sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 30 January 1952; on loan to the Portland Art Museum in 1952; gift to Portland Art Museum in 1961, no. 61.59. Possibly the painting described by Carel van Mander in 1604, Dutch and Flemish Painters, transIated by Constant van der Waal, New York, 1936, pp. 33-4.  Emile Molinier,Collection Emile Gavet: catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1889, p. 188, Cat. No. 802, pI. LXXXI, with caption 'par Albert Altdorfer' William T. and Henry Walters bought directly from Gavet, according to Alan Chong, "Emile Gavet: Patron, Collector, Dealer," in Gothic Art in the Gilded Age, Exh. cat., The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, 2010, pp.1-22. This painting was not included in the multi day Gavet sale held in 1897, nor in the estate sale of 1906.  There do not appear to be any records of this painting at the Walters Art Museum, which suggests that it was never in Baltimore and more likely acquired by Henry Walters, kept in his New York apartment and inherited by his wife.  Lent by Weitzner to Montreal, Art Association, Five Centuries of Dutch Art, 9 Mar.-9 Apr. 1944, p. 20, Cat. No.8.