Inscribed on the base of the cross: A L . HT . B . (HT in ligature)
221 × 122.5 cm (87 × 48 1/4 in.)
Louise B. and Frank H. Woods Purchase Fund
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The Art Institute of Chicago, European Portraits, 1600–1900, in The Art Institute of Chicago, July 8 – September 11, 1978, no. 1.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Raphael and Titian: The Renaissance Portraits from the Pitti Palace, Florence, December 15, 1999 – March 19, 2000, no cat.
Florence, Palazzo Strozzi, The Medici, Michelangelo and The Art of Late Renaissance Florence, June 6 – 29 September, 2002, no. 22; traveled to Art Institute of Chicago, November 9, 2002 – February 2, 2003, Detroit Institute of Art, March 16 – June 8, 2003.
Empoli, Chiesa di Santo Stefano, Convento degli Agostiniani, Jacopo da Empoli, 1551–1640: Pittore d’eleganza e devozione, March 21 – June 20, 2004, no. 59.
Probably Giovanni Battista Matteo, Cavaliere di Candia (1810–1883), Villa Salviati, Florence [according to a label attached to the stretcher reading, “A lady of the Medici Family from Foots Cray Place brought there from Villa Salviati, Florence.”]. Nicholas Vansittart (d. 1851), first Baron Bexley, Foots Cray Place, near Sidcup, Kent; sold Christie’s, Foots Cray Place, May 2, 1876, no. 237, as Sustermans, Portrait of an Abbess – full length, to Eyles for ₤52 10s with no. 238 “Portrait of a Young Nobleman”, the latter which bears the inscription . AL . M . B . F. / 15(9?)3 [buyer and price of painting according to an annotated sale catalogue in the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles]; probably still in family possession, passing to Nancy Oswald Smith of Shottesbrooke Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire [for the relation of Nancy Oswald Smith to the Vansittart family, see Lloyd 1993, p. 79 n. 2]; sold Christie’s, London, February 13, 1948, no. 62, as Sustermans, to Berendt for ₤26 5s [according to annotated sale catalogue in the Ryerson Library, Art Institute; the “Portrait of a Young Nobleman” was no. 35 in this sale]. Galerie Heim, Paris, by 1958 [see Paris 1958]; purchased from Heim by the Art Institute through the Frank H. and Louise B. Woods Fund, 1960.
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