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Cupid with the Wheel of Time

c. 1515/1520
oil on canvas
65.9 × 55.3 cm (25 15/16 × 21 3/4 in)
(Angelo Bonelli, Rome), by 1803; (Bonelli sale by private contract [not an auction], No. 4 Duke Street [The Roman Gallery], London, 4 January 1803 and continuing until 15 December 1803, no. 65, as A Genius trying to stop a Wheel by Parmegianino[sic], not sold); (Bonelli sale, Christie's, London, 24-25 February 1804, first day, no. 24, as A Sketch, very spirited by Parmigiano[sic], bought in); (Bonelli sale, Farebrother, London [?], 2 May 1804, no. 42, as An allegory, a beautiful sketch -- from the Altieri Palace at Rome by Polidoro). [1] Viani, Rome. (Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, Florence and Rome); sold October 1935 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York; [2] gift 1939 to NGA. [1] The original catalogue for the 1803 sale is in the Woollcombe Library at Hemerdon near Plymouth in Devon, England. This information and the details of the Bonelli sales are in a 12 September 1989 letter from Burton Fredericksen of the Getty Provenance Index to Suzannah Fabing, in NGA curatorial files. See also Fredericksen's descriptions of the three sales in their records, Sale Catalogs Br-151-A, Br-241, and Br-257, the Getty Provenance Index databases, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles. [2] The bill of sale for several paintings including this one, which is titled Cupid with Wheel of Life, is dated 10 October 1935, with payment received 23 October (copy in NGA curatorial files).
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