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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Jacques Stella, French (Lyon 1596 - 1657 Paris)
Previously attributed to Nicolas Poussin, French (Les Andelys, France 1594 - 1665 Rome, Italy)
Expulsion of Joachim and Anna from the Temple
Work Type
c. 1650
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Physical Descriptions

Black ink, gray wash, and traces of black chalk on off-white antique laid paper, framing lines in black ink and gray wash, partially incised
34.5 x 26.5 cm (13 9/16 x 10 7/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • watermark: none
  • inscription: upper right, black chalk: 12 [or "n"]


Recorded Ownership History
The artist's estate; his niece, Claudine Bouzonnet-Stella, Paris; Michel de Masso, Paris, by descent; Gaetano Minossi, Rome (by c. 1756); Thomas Talbot, Margam Castle, Port Talbot, Wales (as Nicolas Poussin; by c. 1776); Lady Beythswood, Penrice Castle, Glamorgan, Gower Peninsula, Wales, by descent; Christopher Methuen-Campbell, Penrice Castle, Glamorgan, Gower Peninsula, Wales, by descent; sale, Christie’s, London, 9 December 1986, lot 123 (as "Presentation in the Temple"); sale, Christie’s, New York, 13 January 1987, lot 105 (as "Sacrifice of Anna"); Yvonne Tan Bunzl, London; Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Boston (inv. no. D-F-268); Harvard Art Museums/ Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz in honor of James Cuno, 2006.318

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Jeffrey E. Horvitz in honor of James Cuno
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Giovanni Gaetano Bottari and Stefano Ticozzi, Raccolta di lettere sulla pittura, scultura ed architettura scritte da' più celebri personaggi dei secoli XV, XVI, e XVII, Silvestri (Milan, 1822-1825), vol. 3, p. 521
  • Jules-Joseph Guiffrey, “Testament et inventaire des biens, tableaux, dessins, planches de cuivre, bijoux, etc., de Claudine Bouzonnet-Stella redigé et écrits par elle-même, 1693-97", Nouvelles Archives de l’Art Français, Libraire F. de Nobele (Paris, 1877), pp. 1-113, pp. 3-4, 53-54
  • Pierre Rosenberg, French Master Drawings of the 17th & 18th Centuries in North American Collections / Dessins français du 17ème & du 18ème siècles des collections américaines, exh. cat., Secker & Warburg (London, 1972-1973), p. 211
  • Gail S. Davidson, "Some Genre Drawings by Jacques Stella: Notes on an Attribution", Master Drawings, Master Drawings Association (New York, 1975), vol. 13, no. 2, Spring, pp. 147-57, pp. 148, 155-n.9
  • Gilles Chomer, “Une gravure de Michel Demasso d’après un dessin de Jacques Stella", Travaux de l’Institut d’Histoire de l’Art a Lyon, Institut d'Histoire de l'Art, Université Lumière-Lyon (Lyon, 1989), vol. 12, pp. 67-74, pp. 72-74
  • Hilliard T. Goldfarb, From Fontainebleau to the Louvre: French Drawing from the Seventeenth-Century, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art/Indiana University Press (Cleveland, 1989), p. 141
  • Pierre Rosenberg, Maîtres français, 1550-1800: dessins de la donation Mathias Polakovits à l’École des Beaux-Arts, exh. cat., ed. Natalie Coural, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris, 1989), pp. 84-85
  • Pierre Rosenberg, Masterful Studies: Three Centuries of French Drawings from the Prat Collection, exh. cat., National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, 1990), p. 62
  • Jean-Claude Boyer, Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, Michel Hilaire, and Jean-Francois Méjanès, Dessins français du XVIIe siècle dans les collections publiques françaises, exh. cat., Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, 1993), p. 112
  • Yvonne Tan Bunzl, Master Drawings, exh. cat., Yvonne Tan Bunzl (London, 1994), cat. no. 30, n.p.
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Barbara Brejon de Lavergnée, Jean-Francois Méjanès, Alain Mérot, Margaret Morgan Grasselli, Sophie Raux-Carpentier, William W. Robinson, Marianne Roland Michel, and Pierre Rosenberg, Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, exh. cat., ed. Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, 1998), cat. no. 10, pp. 118-19
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr., Seventeenth-Century European Drawings in Midwestern Collections: The Age of Bernini, Rembrandt, and Poussin, ed. Shelley Perlove and George S. Keyes, University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, 2015), p. 272
  • Alvin L. Clark, Jr. and Edouard Kopp, French Drawings from the Age of Claude, Poussin, Watteau, and Fragonard: Highlights from the Collection of the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2022), cat. no. 24, repr.

Exhibition History

  • Master Drawings, Yvonne Tan Bunzl, 01/01/1994 - 01/01/1994
  • Mastery & Elegance: Two Centuries of French Drawings from the Collection of Jeffrey E. Horvitz, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 12/05/1998 - 01/31/1999; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 02/20/1999 - 04/18/1999; Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, 05/01/1999 - 06/25/1999; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, 07/09/1999 - 09/05/1999; National Academy of Design, New York, 10/08/1999 - 12/12/1999; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 02/24/2000 - 04/24/2000
  • 32Q: 2400 French/Italian/Spanish, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/15/2015 - 11/13/2015

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