Top Menu

Provenance Research

Dosso Dossi (Giovanni de Lutero), The Battle of Orlando and Rodomonte (detail), 1530-40, Oil on canvas, The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1949.81, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Provenance Research

In 2002, through a significant gift from the Chase family of Connecticut, the Wadsworth Atheneum began an in-depth provenance research project on its permanent collection of approximately 50,000 objects of art. By mid-2003, following the criteria established by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), the American Association of Museums (AAM), and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets (PCHA), the museum completed an initial review of the history of 257 European paintings. The Chase family’s gift enabled the museum to hire two part-time research fellows to exclusively assist former European curator Eric Zafran on this important project. The gift also allowed for a subscription to the Art Loss Register, the leading international database of lost and stolen art, additional consultants and travel expenses as well as the digital photography costs.

Through research, the museum determined that one painting under scrutiny actually has a clear provenance:

Battista Dossi, Italian c. 1490-c.1542
Battle of Orlando and Rodomonte, c. 1527-30
Oil and tempera on canvas
32 1/2 x 57 7/16 in.

The history of Dossi’s Battle of Orlando and Rodomonte is now fully documented: the work, owned by Oscar Bondy of Vienna, was confiscated by the Nazis in 1938 during the occupation of Austria then on deposit at Hitler’s Fuhrermuzeum in Linz. Next, it was transferred to the Munich Checkpoint and eventually returned to the Bondy family and bought by the Wadsworth Atheneum in 1949 from Oscar Bondy’s wife, Elizabeth A. Bondy, at the Kende Galleries in New York.

Partial List of Works in Question

Antwerp Anonymous, attributed to Gillis van Valcenborch
The Trojan Horse, 17th c.
Oil on panel
20 x 26 3/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1962.446

Didier Barra
Italian, active ca. 1608-after 1652
View of Naples, 1647
Oil on canvas
49 x 69 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1963.39

Antonio Francisco Bayeu y Subias
Spanish, 1734-95
Portrait of Don Pedro Arascot, 1786
Oil on canvas
45 1/8 x 31 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1965.2

Ambrosius Benson
Flemish, c. 1495-1550
Virgin and Child
Oil on panel
9 1/8 x 7 in.
1945.352

Abraham Bloemart
Dutch, 1564-1651
Neptune and Amphitrite
Oil on canvas
40 x 55 in.
Gift of Arthur E. Erlanger, 1964.223

Niccolo di Buonaccorso
Italian, died 1388
The Annunciation, 1378-88
Tempera and oil on panel
15 x 10 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1951.94

Antonio Canal (Canaletto)
Italian, 1697-1768
View of Venice, Piazza and Piazetta San Marco, c. 1740
Oil on canvas
26 x 40 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1947.2

Pieter Jacobsz Codde
Dutch, 1599-1678
A Musical Party, 1631
Oil on panel
12 x 17 in.
The Ella Galup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1962.447

Domenico Corvi
Italian, 1721-1803
A Miracle of St. Filippo Neri, mid 1770s or 1780s
Oil on canvas
69 x 87 7/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1981.24

Taddeo di Bartolo
Italian, 1362/3-1422
Madonna and Child, last decade of the 14th century
Tempera and oil on panel
28 x 18 7/16 in.
Gift of the Robert Lehman Art Foundation, 1962.444

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Italian, 1727-1804
Christ Healing the Blind, 1752
Oil on canvas
28 x 40 7/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund and by exchange, 1952.289

Abraham van Dyck
Dutch, 1635-72
Portrait of an Old Woman
Oil on panel
29 x 21 in.
1957.165

Jan Sanders van Hemessen
Flemish, ca. 1500-1566
Loose company (A Joyous Company), 1543
Oil on panel
33 x 46 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1941.233

Karel van Mander
Dutch, 1548-1606
The Adoration of the Magi, c. 1590-95
Oil on panel
13 1/8 x 16 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1956.28

Philips Wouwerman
Dutch, 1619-1668
Portrait of a Man on Horseback
Oil on panel
13 3/8 x 12 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1968.13

Paolo da Venezia, called Paolo Veneziano
Italian, active 1333-c. 1362
The Angel of the Annunciation
Tempera on wood with frame
10 3/8 x 2 7/8 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1941.156

Pair with above
The Virgin Annunciate, c. 1340-44
Tempera on wood with frame
10 3/8 x 4 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1941.157

The museum’s archival records for all collection works are open, as they always have been, to serious researchers. For any information or queries on works listed above, please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@wadsworthatheneum.org or (860) 838-4019.