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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Pietro della Vecchia, Italian, Venetian (Venice or Vicenza 1602/03 - 1678 Venice)
Experiment of the Bowl
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Esperimento dell'inghistera
Alternate Title: Scene of Witchcraft
Work Type
c. 1640
Italian, Venetian
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
framed: 68.6 x 91.4 cm (27 x 36 in.)
unframed: 60 x 84 cm (23 5/8 x 33 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • label: On back of stretcher, upper right.: Bowling Green / Storage and Van Company / 250 W. 65th ST. New York 23, NY / Trafalgar 7-5656 / Lot no. C 4866 / Piece no. 052
  • (not assigned): On back of stretcher, left side. Written in white chalk.: E2816
  • (not assigned): On back of stretcher, upper left. Handwritten in green ink on a white sticker.: #81 Pietro

  • (not assigned):


Recorded Ownership History
Private collection, United Kingdom. [Knight, Frank & Rutley, London sold]; to [Julius Weitzner, London, by 1961] sold; through John Maxon to Daniel P. S. Paul, Miami, Florida by 1964, gift; to Harvard Art Museums, 2009.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Daniel Paul, Class of 1946
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Front Matter, The Burlington Magazine (December 1961), Vol. 103, No. 705, p. xxxiii, p. xxxiii
  • Bernard Aikema, Pietro della Vecchia, a Profile, Saggi e memorie di storia dell'arte (1984), 14, pp. 79-100, 170-206; Fig. 52
  • Bernard Aikema, Pietro della Vecchia and the Heritage of the Renaissance in Venice (Florence, 1990), pp. 28-29, 66-67 and 141; cat. no. 163, fig. 60
  • Enrico Maria Dal Pozzolo, "Pietro della Vecchia, Giovanni Nani e una rara iconografia bacchica", Saggi e memorie di storia dell'arte (2012), No. 36, pp. 137-154, p. 140-141, repr. as fig. 6

Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/07/2016 - 05/08/2016

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