Provenance Research

Bernardo Strozzi (1581-1644)
Italy
David with the Head of Goliath, ca. 1636
Oil on canvas
60 5/8 x 46 7/8 in. (154 x 119.1 cm)
John J. Emery Fund, 1938.10501

Description:
David, wearing a plumed cap, turns his gaze upward. He clutches the head of Goliath in his extended left arm, and in his right hand he holds a sword. A stone is lodged in the giant's forehead.

 

 

Provenance:

After 1770 and before 1785-?:   Thomas Dawson, Viscount of Cremorne [1732-1813], Ireland [1]
     
    Private Collection, Genoa [2]
     
?-until 1938:   (Paul Drey Gallery, New York, sold to)
     
1938-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] A seal on the back of the painting identifies Thomas Dawson, Viscount of Cremorne, as a former owner. He became Baron Dartrey in 1770 and Viscount Cremorne in 1785. Dawson likely acquired the painting sometime during these years because the seal has only a baron's coronet. Correspondence, September 20, 1993.

[2] According to a letter dated July 28, 1938, from the Paul Drey Gallery, the painting came from a family in Genoa. Correspondence with the gallery on March 4, 1992, did not offer any additional information.

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