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Bernardo Strozzi
Bishop Alvise Grimani

1633 or after
oil on canvas
146.7 x 95.1 cm (57 3/4 x 37 7/16 in)
Possibly Countess Lauredana Gatterburg-Morosini [d. 1884], Venice; (her sale, Palazzo Morosini, Venice, 15-22 May 1894, no. 635). [1] (Stefano Bardini [1836-1922], Florence); (his sales, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 26-30 May 1902, no. 603, as by Van Dyck, Portrait of a Cardinal[2] and American Art Galleries, New York, 23-27 April 1918, 3rd day, no. 465, as Italian School, Portrait of a Spanish Cardinal). [3] (E. & A. Silberman Galleries, New York); [4] purchased 1946 by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [5] gift 1961 to NGA.

[1] The catalogue gives no dimensions, but describes the picture as a "portrait d'un évêque, représenté en pied, de face, grandeur nature, tenant un livre d'heures." Although no inscription is mentioned, this could also be the copy now in Genoa (see note 9). Many of the items in the sale came from the Grimani collection, as the last member of the Grimani family had married a Morosini in the eighteenth century, as noted in the introduction to the catalogue and by Cesare Augusto Levi, Le collezioni veneziane d'arte e d'antichità dal secolo XIV ai nostri giorni, Venice, 1900: lv.
[2] No. 676 in the French edition of the catalogue. Both catalogues gave incorrect dimensions (187 x 185 cm or 78 x 53 in.).
[3] No documentation survives for the provenances of paintings purchased by Bardini; his surviving papers cover only the period 1905-1915. The Grimani portrait does not appear in earlier Bardini sales. Fiorenza Scalia and Cristina De Benedictis, Il Museo Bardini a Firenze, Milan, 1984: 65, 79.
[4] According to a note from Silberman (NGA curatorial files), the painting was in the Royal Palace, Budapest, until it was sold at auction in 1868; it subsequently passed to Count Ambroszy-Migaszy, Budapest, before being brought to the United States at an unknown date. It has not been possible to locate sales or other catalogues for these collections, and this information remains unverified.
[5] According to Fern Rusk Shapley, Paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection: Italian Schools XVI-XVIII Century, London, 1973: 88, and Fern Rusk Shapley, Catalogue of Italian Paintings, 2 vols., Washington, D.C., 1979: 1:136-137, and to notes in NGA curatorial files.
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