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The Adoration of the Magi

The Adoration of the Magi

ca. 1575

Francesco Bassano

Italian, 1549-1592

Oil on canvas
61 5/8 in. x 81 5/8 in.
Gift of the Clarence A. Black Memorial Collection
Provenance: Sir Harold Sidney Harmsworth P.C., Lord Rothermere (1868-1940), England; to his son Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, Lord Rothermere (1898-1978), England; [sale of Ancient and Modern Pictures, the Property of The Right Hon. The Viscount Rothermere, removed from Mereworth Castle, Kent, etc., Christie's, London, Friday, August 2, 1946, probably lot no. 2]; [David M. Koetser Gallery, London and New York, 1946-1950]; purchased from gallery by Seattle Art Museum (Clarence A. Black Memorial funds, by exchange), March 14, 1950
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Frederick & Nelson, Christmas window exhibition, 1956

Tacoma, Washington, The Broadway Gallery, "Old Master Paintings," 1958

Published References"Handbook, Seattle Art Museum: Selected Works from the Permanent Collections." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1951, p. 121 (b&w)

"Engagement Calendar." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum Guild, 1953, no. 2

"Washington Education." December 1961, p. 27

SAM Christmas card, 1967

"You are invited to these Christmas services," in Beacon Hill News Journal, Seattle, December 19, 1968, illus.

Ballarin, Alessandro. "Jacopo Bassano." Cittadella (Padova), Italy: Bertoncello, 1996

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