Doge Alvise Mocenigo and Family before the Madonna and Child
oil on canvas
216 × 416 cm (85 1/16 × 163 3/4 in)
Probably originally at the Palazzo Mocenigo at San Samuele, Venice. Alvise I Mocenigo, called "Toma" [b. 1608], Palazzo Mocenigo at San Samuele, Venice, by 1648.  Possibly acquired in Italy in the early 19th century by a member of the Gouvello family, France; by inheritance to Pierre-Armand-Jean-Vincent-Hippolyte, marquis de Gouvello de Keriaval [1782-1870], Château de Kerlévénan, Sarzeau (department Morbihan in Britanny), France; by inheritance in his family; sold 1952 through (Landry and de Somylo) to (M. Knoedler and Co., London, New York and Paris) on joint account with (Pinakos, Inc., New York); sold 1953 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York;  gift 1961 to NGA.  ] Carlo Ridolfi, Le maraviglie dell’arte, overo Le vite de gl'illustri pittori veneti, e dello stato, 2 vols., Venice, 1648: 2:44; Carlo Ridolfi, Le maraviglie dell’arte, overo Le vite de gl'illustri pittori veneti, e dello stato, edited by Detlev von Hadeln, 2 vols., Berlin, 1914-1924: 2:53. Tracy Cooper's identification of the owner Ridolfi cites as "Toma Mocenigo" is explained in her article "The Trials of David: Triumph and Crisis in the Imagery of Doge Alvise I Mocenigo," Records of Activities and Research Reports 18 (June 1997-1998), Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington: 66-67.  For the provenance from the marquis to the sale to the Kress Foundation, see the invoice from M. Knoedler & Co. dated 2 June 1953, and M. Knoedler & Co. Records, accession number 2012.M.54, Research Library, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles: Stock Book no. 10, p. 83, no. A4949, and Sales Book, p. 17. The invoice and copies from the Knoedler Records are in NGA curatorial files.