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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Vittore Carpaccio, Italian (Venice, Italy 1460 - 1526 Venice, Italy)
Adoration of the Magi
Work Type
15th-16th century
Creation Place: Europe, Italy, Veneto, Venice
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Physical Descriptions

Brown ink and brown wash over black chalk on cream antique laid paper, squared in black chalk, laid down on white wove paper, framing line in gold
22.2 x 31.5 cm (8 3/4 x 12 3/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • collector's mark: l.r. corner, brown ink: Charles Rogers (1711-1784)
  • watermark: center: anchor in circle (close to Briquet 478)


Recorded Ownership History
Charles Rogers (1711-1784), London (his mark, L.625); Charles A. Loeser, Florence, Italy, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1932

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Charles A. Loeser
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • The Vasari Society for the Reproduction of Drawings by Old Masters, Oxford University Press (NY) and Oxford University Press (UK) (Oxford, England, 1905 - 1935), part II, 1906-7, no. 9
  • Detlev Freiherr von Hadeln, Venezianische Zeichnungen des Quattrocento, Paul Cassirer Gallery (Berlin, Germany, 1925), p. 56, pl. 49, repr.
  • Hans Tietze and Erika Tietze-Conrat, Der Junge Dürer: Verzeichnis der Werke bis zur venezianischen Reise im Jahre 1505, Dr. Benno Filser (Augsburg, Germany, 1928), vol. I, under cat. no. 264, p. 79
  • Giuseppe Fiocco, Carpaccio, Les Editions G. Crès & Cie. (Paris, France, 1931), cat. no. CLXXVI, pp. 38, 85, repr.
  • "Two Unpublished Loeser Drawings", The Connoisseur (August 1933), vol. XCII, no. 384, pp. 140-41, fig. IV, repr.
  • Agnes Mongan and Paul J. Sachs, Drawings in the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, 1940), vol. I, cat. no. 5, p. 8, vol. II, fig. 6, repr.
  • Four Centuries of Venetian Painting, exh. cat., Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH, 1940), cat no. 76, n.p.
  • Ruth Wedgwood Kennedy, Italian Drawings, 1330-1780, exh. cat., Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA, 1941), cat. no. 5, n.p.
  • Hans Tietze and Erika Tietze-Conrat, The Drawings of the Venetian Painters in the 15th and 16th Centuries, J. J. Augustin, Inc. (New York, 1944), no. 590, pp. 140, 148-149, pl. XXI, repr.
  • A Special Exhibition of Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, exh. cat., Speed Memorial Museum (Louisville, KY, 1947), cat. no. 2
  • The Life of Christ: A Loan Exhibition of Works of Art Illustrating Episodes in the Life of Christ, exh. cat., Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, CT, 1948), cat. no. 18, p. 3
  • Luigi Grassi, Il disegno italiano dal Trecento al Seicento, Edizioni dell'Ateneo (Rome, Italy, 1956), p. 93, fig. 64, repr.
  • Giulia Sinibaldi and Paolo Barocchi, Italian Drawings: Masterpieces of Five Centuries, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C, 1960), under cat. no. 25, p. 24
  • Giulia Sinibaldi and Paolo Barocchi, Mostra del disegno italiano di cinque secoli, exh. cat., Tipografia Giuntina (Florence, Italy, 1961), under cat. no. 25, p. 20
  • Jan Lauts, Carpaccio Paintings and Drawings, Phaidon Press (London, England, 1962), cat. no. 5, p. 266, pl. 137, repr.
  • Terisio Pignatti, Review of Jan Lauts, "Carpaccio: Paintings and Drawings", Master Drawings (Winter 1963), vol. I, no. 4, pp. 47-54, p. 51
  • Pietro Zampetti, Vittore Carpaccio, exh. cat., Edizioni Alfieri (Venice, Italy, 1963), cat. no. 18, p. 296, fig. 18, repr.
  • Michelangelo Muraro, Carpaccio, Edizioni d'Arte Il Fiorino (Florence, Italy, 1966), p. 107
  • The Italian Renaissance: Prints, Drawings, Miniatures, Books: An Exhibition in Honor of Leila Cook Barber, Professor of Art, Vassar College, 1931-1968, exh. cat., Vassar College Art Gallery (Poughkeepsie, NY, 1968), cat. no. 6, p. 5
  • Terisio Pignatti, Vittore Carpaccio, Aldo Martello Editore (Milan, Italy, 1972), cat. no. 26, pp. 15, 23, pl. 26, repr.
  • Michelangelo Muraro, I disegni di Vittore Carpaccio, La Nuova Italia Editrice (Florence, Italy, 1977), pp. 23, 28, 31-32, figs. 36 and 36a, repr.
  • Konrad Oberhuber, "Charles Loeser as a Collector of Drawings", Apollo (June 1978), vol. CVII, no. 196, pp. 464-469, pp. 465, 467, fig. 2, repr.
  • Konrad Oberhuber, European Master Drawings of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Tokyo, 1979), cat. no. 5, n.p., pl. 5, repr.
  • Konrad Oberhuber, ed., Old Master Drawings: Selections from the Charles A. Loeser Bequest, Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1979), cat. no. 7, pp. 8, 26-27, repr.
  • Frederick Malins, Drawing Ideas of the Masters: Artists' Techniques Compared and Contrasted, Phaidon Press (Oxford, England, 1981), cat. no. 78, p. 74, repr.
  • Kristin A. Mortimer and William G. Klingelhofer, Harvard University Art Museums: A Guide to the Collections, Harvard University Art Museums and Abbeville Press (Cambridge and New York, 1986), cat. no. 252, p. 218, repr.
  • Agnes Mongan, Konrad Oberhuber, and Jonathan Bober, The Famous Italian Drawings at the Fogg Art Museum in Cambridge, Silvana Editoriale (Milan, Italy, 1988), cat. no. 10, pp. 18, 22, repr.
  • Carlo Francini, "L'inventario della collezione Loeser alla Villa Gattaia", Bollettino della Società di Studi Fiorentini (2000), no. 6, p. 121 (as "Cartella I")
  • Stephan Wolohojian, Sacred and Profane Visions from Renaissance Venice, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2001), cat. no. 19, repr.
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2000-2001 (Cambridge, MA, 2002), p. 34, repr.
  • Peter Humfrey, Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice, exh. cat., National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC, 2022), cat. no. 54, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Four Centuries of Venetian Painting, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 03/01/1940 - 03/31/1940
  • Italian Drawings, 1330-1780, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, 12/01/1941 - 12/20/1941
  • A Special Exhibition of Drawings from the Fogg Museum of Art, Speed Memorial Museum, Louisville, KY, 03/02/1947 - 03/30/1947
  • The Life of Christ; a loan exhibition of works of art illustrating episodes in the life of Christ, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, 03/12/1948 - 04/25/1948
  • The Italian Renaissance: Prints, Drawings, Miniatures, Books, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, 05/02/1968 - 06/09/1968
  • European Master Drawing of Six Centuries from the Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 11/03/1979 - 12/16/1979
  • Sacred and Profane Visions from Renaissance Venice, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/17/2001 - 07/23/2001
  • Vittore Carpaccio: Master Storyteller of Renaissance Venice, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 11/20/2022 - 02/12/2023; Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Venice, 03/18/2023 - 06/18/2023

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