St. Catherine of Siena Exorcising a Possessed Woman

St. Catherine of Siena Exorcising a Possessed Woman

about 1505
Artist
Girolamo di Benvenuto, Italian, 1470-1524
painting
Tempera on panel
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation
1961.171

Girolamo di Benvenuto, St. Catherine of Siena Exorcising a Possessed Woman, About 1505. Tempera paint on panel; 12 x 21 ¾ in. (30.5 x 55.2 cm). Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.171

Dimensions
frame height: 20.375 in, 51.7525 cm; frame width: 30.25 in, 76.8350 cm; frame depth: 3.25 in, 8.2550 cm; image height: 12 in, 30.4800 cm; image width: 21 3/4 in, 55.2450 cm
Department
European and American Art Before 1900
Collection
European Painting and Sculpture before 1900
Known Provenance
Count Roger de Blives [1896 1915], Paris by 1914. [1] (René Gimpel, Paris and New York) by c. 1929; [2] probably acquired in early 1939 by (Volterra, Florence and London) for (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878 1955] Rome Florence); [3] sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863 1955] on 1 September 1939; gift to the National Gallery of Art in 1943; deaccessioned 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift 1961to Denver Art Museum, no.1961.171. [1] First published by F. M. Perkins in Rassegna d'Arte Antica e Moderna, vol. I, 1914, p. 168, as in de Blives collection. De Blives death date per L'Express du Midi, 21 June 1915. [2] Published in Collections René Gimpel : tableaux et sculptures (Art ancien), Paris, Edition "Les Arts," c. 1929. [3] According to Gimpel's business diary at the Archives of American Art (microfilm reel 418), the Girolamo was the subject of extended negotiations in late 1937 with the dealer d'Atri, who sometimes worked with Contini. In October 1938 Kress himself is shown the Girolamo; in January 1939 it is shown to the dealer Volterra, who often sold to Contini. Shortly thereafter Volterra is noted as being at "chez Bellesi, London." Giuseppi Bellesi often acquired pictures in London for Contini. There are no further mentions of the Girolamo in the business diary. It is sold to Kress by Contini later in 1939. An annotation on a photo mount at the Witt Library in London mentions Langton Douglas [1864 1951], a dealer who also seems to have worked with Bellesi. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum and we will post information as it becomes available. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.