- Identification and Creation
- Physical Descriptions
- 26.4 × 13.5 × 7.8 cm (10 3/8 × 5 5/16 × 3 1/16 in.)
- [Art dealer, Germany, sold]; [to M. Glueckselig & Son, New York, NY (?-1959), sold]; to Busch-Reisinger Museum, 1959.
According to a letter from Frederick Glueckselig of M. Glueckselig & Son to Charles L. Kuhn at the Busch-Reisinger Museum dated April 28, 1959, Mr. Glueckselig purchased both BR59.32 and BR59.33 from a well-known German art dealer without a detailed provenance history. Mr. Glueckselig did not disclose the name of the German art dealer and merely specified that the dealer had recently passed away.
- Acquisition and Rights
- Credit Line
- Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Association Fund
- Accession Year
- Object Number
- European and American Art
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- Publication History
Theodor Müller, "Frühe Beispiele der Retrospektive in der deutschen Plastik", Sitzungsberichte der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse (Munich, Germany, 1961), no. 1, pp. 20-22
Charles L. Kuhn, German and Netherlandish Sculpture, 1280-1800, the Harvard Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1965), pp. 25-26, cat no. 55 pp. 101-103 [as Personification of Death], repr. as pls. L and LI
Joy Kenseth, ed., The Age of the Marvelous, exh. cat., Hood Museum of Art (Hanover, NH, 1991), cat. no. 45 p. 269, repr.
Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., A Collector's Cabinet, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1998), pp. 43-44, rep. p. 44 as fig. 38, cat no. 98
Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 219
Stephan Wolohojian and Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard Art Museum/ Handbook, ed. Stephan Wolohojian, Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, 2008), p. 92, repr.
Remember That You Will Die: Death Across Cultures, brochure, Rubin Museum of Art (New York, NY, 2010), p. 1, repr. as fig. 1
- Exhibition History
The Age of the Marvelous, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 09/14/1991 - 11/24/1991; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, 01/25/1992 - 03/22/1992; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, 05/24/1992 - 08/25/1992; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 10/06/1992 - 01/03/1993
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 05/17/1998 - 08/09/1998
Objects for a Kunstkammer: Early European Collecting, 1550-1700, Harvard University Art Museums, Busch-Reisinger Museum, 12/10/2005 - 11/19/2006
Remember You Will Die: Death Across Cultures, Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 03/19/2010 - 08/09/2010
Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013
32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/07/2016 - 05/08/2016
The Ivory Mirror: The Age of Mortality in Renaissance Europe, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 06/24/2017 - 11/26/2017
- Related Works
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