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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1943.108
People
Luigi Crespi, Italian (Bologna, Italy 1709 - 1779 Bologna, Italy)
Previously attributed to Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Italian (Bologna, Italy 1665-1747 Bologna, Italy)
Title
Portrait of a Woman
Other Titles
Former Title: Princess Hercolani
Former Title: Portrait of Princess Ercolani
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
18th century
Places
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Emilia, Bologna
Culture
Italian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/230461
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
85.1 x 67.3 cm (33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.)
framed: 103 x 107 cm (40 9/16 x 42 1/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: verso, upper left, black chalk: Box 32-3
  • label: verso, center stretcher, typed text, blue bordered, mostly torn: PROPER [illegible text] Crespi, Lady's Portrait
  • label: verso, upper center: California Palace of Legion of Honor / Title P. of Princess Ercolani / Owner: Jacob M. Heimann / Address: New York, NY (Baroque Show)
  • inscription: verso, upper left, blue chalk: Bx36
  • inscription: verso, center stretcher: PRODUCE OF [stamped] ITALY [handwritten, blue pencil]
  • inscription: verso, upper left, graphite: #6
Provenance
Robert H. Oppenheimer, Berlin, by 1925. [1] [Jacob M. Heimann, New York, by 1941], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943

Notes:
[1] 1925 exhibition gives Oppenheimer as owner.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
1943
Object Number
1943.108
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Exhibition of Italian Baroque Painting, 17th and 18th Centuries, exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor (San Francisco, 1941), pp. 15, 68, cat. no. 26, repr. p. 68 [as by Giuseppe Maria Crespi]

[Reproduction only], "Italian Painting", Bulletin of the Fogg Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, November 1943)., repr. in b/w p. 46

Chinese Sculpture, Bronzes, Jades, Paintings and Drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art; selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1943), p. 9

"Sixteen Reproductions", Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Cambridge, MA, January 8, 1944), vol. XLVI, pp. 217-20, repr. p. 220

Burton B. Fredericksen and Federico Zeri, Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1972), p. 59

Renato Roli, Pittura bolognese, 1650-1800: dal Cignani ai Gandolfi, Edizioni ALFA (Bologna, 1977), p. 172, repr. as fig. 327d

Sydney J. Freedberg, "Lorenzo Lotto to Nicolas Poussin", Apollo (May 1978), vol. 107, no. 195, pp. 389-397, p. 42-43

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990)

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Italian Baroque Painting, 17th and 18th Centuries, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 05/16/1941 - 06/15/1941

Chinese sculpture, bronzes, jades, paintings and drawings, Egyptian and Persian sculpture, Pre-Columbian art : selected from the collection of Grenville Lindall Winthrop, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 10/01/1943 - 02/28/1944

Grenville L. Winthrop: Retrospective for a Collector, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/23/1969 - 03/31/1969

Master Paintings from the Fogg Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/13/1977 - 08/31/1977

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