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Defendente Ferrari
Christ in the House of Martha and Mary Magdalene

about 1500-05
oil on panel
155 x 76.2 cm (61-1/2 x 30 in)
Mario Michela, Piedmont, Italy. Luigi Cora, Turin. Achillito Chiesa. [1] (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 16 July 1930; gift 1931 to the Denver Art Museum, no. 1931.4. [1]According to the correspondance between the Curator of European Art at the Denver Museum of Art and a Conservator at the Museum of Palazzo Madama in Turin, the painting was documented in the Chiesa Collection after passing through the Cora collection. The photograph is conserved at the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione del Ministero. The photograph of the painting in the Chiesa Collection has been published in "Pittura dal Duecento al Primo Cinquecento nelle fotografie di Girolamo Bombelli", Milan, 1991. It is very likely that the painting was acquired by Contini directly from Chiesa.
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