Follower of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian. The entombment of Christ

oil on canvas. 75.5 by 63 cm. Est. 10,000—15,000 USD. Lot Sold 11,875 USD

PROVENANCE: Sale: Kulonfele, Budapest, December 2-6, 1935, no. 36, illus.
E. and A. Silberman Galleries, New York
Private collection, New York (acquired from the above)

EXHIBITED: Flint, Michigan, Flint Institute of Arts, Six Centuries of Painting, lent by E.A. Silberman Galleries, New York, February 7-27, 1941, no. 7, illus. (as by Titian)
Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art, Religious Art, December, 1938, no. 36, illus.
Kalamazoo, Michigan, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, March 3-15, 1941
Montclair, New Jersey, Montclair Art Museum, Religious Art from Giotto to Gauguin, April 3-23, 1941, no. 39 (as by Titian)
Louisville, J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, March, 1943
Oklahoma, Oklahoma Art Center, April, 1946

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Harold E. Wethey, Titian, 1969, p. 93 (copy no. 2)

NOTE: When this lot was offered for sale at Sotheby's in 1985, it was accompanied by photo-certificates from Prof. William Suida, Prof. Giuseppe Fiocco, and Robert Eisenberger, dated September 1936, and another from Gustav Gluck, dated November 1936, ascribing the present painting to Titian.
Whethey (see below) relates it to a composition of which only a 16th century workshop version at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, is known.

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