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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Alessandro Magnasco, Italian (1667 - 1749)
Previously attributed to Marco Ricci, Italian (Belluno 1676 - 1729 Venice)
Monastic Vision
Work Type
17th-18th century
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
121.9 x 61.1 cm (48 x 24 1/16 in.)
frame: 164.5 x 78.4 x 6.6 cm (64 3/4 x 30 7/8 x 2 5/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • inscription: back of frame, white chalk, handwritten: MAGNASCO
  • inscription: back of stretcher, black ink, handwritten: Salvator Rosa / apporté d'Italie en 1874 / par Mr. le Cte de Boisayme / rentoilé en 1869
  • label: back of stretcher, black ink, printed: 153
  • label: back of stretcher, paper: P
  • label: back of stretcher, black ink, handwritten: Monks exorcising / the devil / Salvatore [sic] Rosa
  • label: back of stretcher, black ink and graphite on paper, printed and handwritten: [printed in black ink:] Clarke's Art Rooms / 5 W. 44th Street / N.Y. City [handwritten in graphite:] 439 / 144 / [printed:] Augustus W. Clarke Auctioneer
  • label: back of frame, graphite, handwritten: 65
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Prof. Francis B. Sayre and Rev. John Nevin Sayre
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Arthur McComb, The Baroque Painters of Italy: An Introductory Historical Survey, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1934), p. 125

Alessandro Magnasco, c. 1677-c.1749, exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield (Springfield, MA, 1938), cat. 12

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. 174 [as by Marco Ricci]

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), pp. 117, 352, repr. b/w cat. no. 753

Exhibition History

Alessandro Magnasco, c. 1677-c. 1749, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Springfield, 01/12/1938 - 02/06/1938

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