Sebastiano del Piombo
Anton Francesco degli Albizzi
oil on canvas
134.6 x 98.7 cm (53 x 38-7/8 in)
Cardinal Francesco degli Albizzi [1593-1684], Rome; by inheritance to Paolo Francesco Falconieri [1634-1704], Rome. Walsh Porter [d. 1809], London. Thomas Lister Parker [1779-1858], Broxholme, by 1804. Robert Heathcote [1763-1819];  (his sale, Phillips, Son & Neale, London, 5 April 1805, no. 52, as Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo, Portrait of Lorenzo de'Medici); George Hamilton Gordon, 4th earl of Aberdeen [1784-1851], Haddo House, Grampian, Scotland. Charles Cecil Cope Jenkinson, 3rd earl of Liverpool [1784-1851], Buxted Park, Sussex. Richard Sanderson, London.  Frederick John, 5th baron Monson [1809-1841], Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey; by inheritance to William John, 6th baron Monson [1796-1882], Gatton Park; by inheritance to William John Monson, Viscount Oxenbridge [1829-1898], Burton Hall, Lincolnshire; (his sale, Christie, Manson, and Woods, London, 12 May 1888, no. 15, as Portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici); (P. & D. Colnaghi, London); Robert Henry [1850-1929] and Evelyn Holford [1856-1943] Benson, London, as Portrait of a Senator; sold 1927 to (Duveen Brothers, Inc., London, New York, and Paris); sold to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation on 18 February 1957; gift 1961 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, no. 61.79.  On the early provenance through 1805, see Elizabeth Howard, "New Evidence on the Italian Provenance of a Portrait by Sebastiano del Piombo," Burlington Magazine 1023 (June 1988): 457-459. This includes the suggestion that the painting was actually owned by Parker when sold at the Heathcote sale in 1805.  There are other versions of this painting, and it may be a different one that was in the Sanderson Collection; lot 19 of the Sanderson sale (Christie's, London, 17 June 1848) is a portrait of Lorenzo de Medici by Sebastiano del Piombo, described as "in a black dress, with a gold chain, a green curtain suspended behind."