Recent acquisitions by the Metropolitan Museum


10/3/08 — Acquisitions — New York, Metropolitan Museum — Many of the acquisitions made by the Metropolitan Museum in recent months have not been mentioned here and it is now high time that we take a look at the latest additions to have enriched the Metropolitan’s collections in the course of 2007 and at the end of 2006 [1].

1. Francesco Granacci (1469-1543)
Triptych with
the Crucifixion
, c. 1510
Tempera and gold
on panel - 38.3 x 29.2 cm (central panel),
48,3 x 15,2 (side panels)
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Francesco Granacci, Tryptich with the Crucifixion (ill. 1). The author of this small portable retable was a student of Domenico Ghirlandaio, along with Michelangelo with whom he remained friends. This is the second work by the artist to enter the Metropolitan Museum, after a Madonna and Child donated to the museum in 2000. On the latter there is also a panel painted by his workshop, The Preaching of Saint John the Baptist.

2. Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)
and Workshop
Saint Maurice, c. 1522-1525
Oil on panel - 137.2 x 39.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Lucas Cranach the Elder (and workshop), Saint Maurice (ill. 2). This panel which entered the museum in 2006 was bequeathed by Eva F. Kollsman. This is in fact the left side panel of a triptych which was probably painted for the church in Halle.

3. Joseph Heintz
the Elder (1564-1609)
Nymphs and
Satyrs in a Landscape
, 1599 or sooner
Pen and brown
ink, brown wash, red chalk, heightened
with white body color - 123.5 x 32 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Joseph Heintz the Elder, Nymphs and Satyrs in a Landscape (ill. 3) The subject of this drawing from the Prague School has not been identified but it might be related to the Story of Pan and Syrinx in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It came up for auction in Cologne on 17 November 2006 and was acquired by the Met through the Katrin Bellinger Gallery in Munich.

4. Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)
Study of a Left
Leg and Drapery
, c. 1545-1550
Black chalk - 39.1 x 25.4 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Agnolo Bronzino, Study of a Left Leg and Drapery (ill. 4). Drawings by Bronzino appear rarely on the art market. This sheet was purchased from the Mark Brady Gallery in New York. It has not been linked to any of the artist’s painted compositions.

5. Domenico Fetti (1591/92-1623)
Salvator Mundi, c. 1621
Oil on panel - 59.7 x 43.8 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : D. Rykner



— Domenico Fetti, Salvator Mundi (ill. 5). This painting was donated to the Metropolitan Museum by Dianne Modestini. Both by its size and date, this panel is close to those painted by the artist for the Duke of Mantua representing the Parables. The museum owns The Mote and The Beam in the series. Another painting in the series, The Good Samaritan, also at the Met, is only attributed to the artist.

6. Pierre Subleyras (1699-1749)
The Mass of
saint Basil
, 1746
Oil on canvas - 137 x 79 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Pierre Hubert Subleyras, The Mass of Saint Basil (ill. 6). This is a preliminary study for a monumental painting for Saint Peter’s in Rome which today is at the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in the Italian capital. Several examples of the work are known, including the one at the Louvre. This version, which is of good quality, was sold in Paris through Piasa on 13 December 2006 where it was acquired by Jack Kilgore & Co.

7. Joseph Wright of
Derby (1734-1797)
Portrait of a Lady, c. 1768-1772
Oil on canvas - 137 x 79 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Joseph Wright of Derby, Portrait of a Lady (ill. 7). Sold at Christie’s London on 5 June 2006, it was acquired by the museum through Katrin Bellinger. The artist produced a number of portraits of this kind in pastel before 1773 and his departure for Italy. The model has not been identified.

8. Johan Joseph
Zoffany (1733-1810)
The Reverend Philip Cocks, c. 1768
Oil on canvas - 90.2 x 69.2 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Johan Joseph Zoffany, The Reverend Philip Cocks (ill. 8). This portrait was donated to the museum by Mrs. Henry Grunwald. This is the first work by Zoffany, a fine English portrait artist of the XVIIIth century, to enter the Metropolitan Museum.

9. Ubaldo Gandolfi (1728-1781)
Emperor Henri IV at Canossa,
c. 1770-1775
Terracotta - H. 61 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Ubaldo Gandolfi, Emperor Henry IV at Canossa (ill. 9). Ubaldo Gandolfi is known above all for his painting. His work as a sculptor on the other hand is mostly unfamiliar. This rare terracotta example was acquired in London at Rainer Zietz Ltd.

10. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
A Fisherman
Pulling a Net
, 1774
Red chalk - 50.1 x 37.5 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art

10. Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806)
A Fisherman Leaning on an Oar, 1774
Red chalk - 50.1 x 38.3 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art


— Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Fisherman Pulling a Net and Fisherman Leaning on an Oar (ill. 10 and 11). These two red chalk drawings can be dated to Fragonard’s trip to Italy in 1774. They were acquired from Salamander Fine Arts in New York.

12. Robert-Guillaume Dardel (1749-1821)
Allegorical Victory
of the Grand Condé
, 1786
Terracotta - H. 22.9 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Robert-Guillaume Dardel, Allegorical Victory of the Grand Condé (ill. 12). This terracotta group was acquired from the Patrice Bellanger Gallery in Paris. The commemoration of the Grand Condé was commissioned from the sculptor by the eighth prince of Condé to honor his ancestor, although the full-size model was never executed. A student of Pajou, Dardel represented the Grand Condé several times, notably in a bronze statuette of which there is an example in Chantilly.

13. Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons, 1787
Black chalk, pen and black and brown
ink, brush and gray
and brown wash, heightened with gouache -
33.2 x 42.1 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Jacques-Louis David, The Lictors Bringing Brutus the Bodies of His Sons (ill. 13). This important unpublished drawing was auctioned on 7 December 2006 at the Hôtel Drouot where it was purchased by Katrin Bellinger acting on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum. It is a preparation for the painting in the Louvre produced in 1787 but reveals several variations with the final painted version.

14. Johan-Christian
Dahl (1788-1857)
Mother and
Child by the Sea
, 1830
Oil on canvas - 16 x 20.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Johann Christian Dahl, Mother and Child by the Sea (ill. 14). The artist is close to his friend Caspar David Friedrich as shown by this painting acquired from Thomas Le Claire Fine Art in Hamburg. The Metropolitan Museum, like many other museums, is trying to develop an ensemble of Romantic German landscapes around Friedrich’s work. Another recent example is the acquisition of the Carus about which we have already written (see news item of 2/12/07).

15. Martinus Rørbye (1803-1848)
View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight, c. 1839
Oil on canvas - 29 x 24.3 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Martinus Rørbye, View from the Citadel Ramparts in Copenhagen by Moonlight (ill. 15). Rørbye is one of the many Danish painters belonging to the “golden age” and rediscovered over the past few years. Nocturnal scenes such as this one are rare in XIXth century Danish painting. The atmosphere in this one is reminiscent of those by Friedrich and Carus, much like the one mentioned above.

16. Adolf von Menzel (1788-1857)
The West Choir
of Mainz Cathedral
, 1869
Watercolor and gouache - 22.6 x 28.9 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Adolf von Menzel, The West Choir of Mainz Cathedral (ill. 6). This work on paper was sold at auction in Hamburg on 28 October 2006 where the museum acquired it through Katrin Bellinger. It represents the Rococo stalls in the cathedral in Mainz executed by the Austrian sculptor Franz Anton Hermann.

17. Horace Vernet (1788-1857)
Portrait of Roustam Raza, Napoleon’s Mamelouk, 1810
Oil on canvas - 75 x 61.6 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : D. Rykner



— Horace Vernet, Portrait of Roustam Raza, Napoleon’s Mamelouk (ill. 17). This painting can be compared both by its subject and treatment, to the Oriental portraits by Girodet of which the Met had acquired, some years back, the study for The Indian from the Musée Girodet.

18. Eduard Gaertner (1801-1877)
The Family of Mr Westphal in the Conservatory, 1836
Oil on canvas - 24 x 20 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Eduard Gaertner, The Family of Mr Westphal in the Conservatory (ill. 18). The work was acquired from Hildegaard Fritz-Denneville in Munich. The Berlin artist’s minute attention to detail in depicting this family portrait is remarkable. The atmosphere as well as the cold light renders this painting similar to those of Danish artists of the same period.

19. James Tissot (1836-1902)
En plein soleil, c. 1881
Oil on panel - 24.8 x 35.2 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— James Tissot, En plein soleil (ill. 19). The painting belonged to the generous donors of the Metropolitan Museum, Charles and Jayne Wrightsman. She presented it to the museum in 2006. It represents the artist’s companion, Kathleen Newton, and their children in their back yard. In November 1882, shortly after the painting was finished, Kathleen Newton died of tuberculosis.

19. David Cottier
and Company
Spring, c. 1873-1885
Stained glass - 101 x 39.4 cm
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photo : The Metropolitan Museum of Art



— Daniel Cottier and Company, Spring (ill. 20). Daniel Cottier (1838-1891), a native of Glasgow, settled in New York in 1873 where he opened a stained-glass workshop. He participated actively in introducing the Aesthetic Movement into the United States. This figure representing Spring recalls those of the pre-Raphaelite painters, such as Burne-Jones and Rossetti.

Version française


Didier Rykner, lundi 10 mars 2008


Notes

[1] A significant portion of the information contained in this news item comes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 2007, Recent Acquisitions. A Selection : 2006-2007.



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