Provenance Research

Alessandro Magnasco (1667-1749)
St. Augustine at the Seashore, ca. 1740
Oil on canvas
21 3/4 x 33 5/8 in. (55.2 x 85.4 cm)
Bequest of Paul E. Geier, 1983.66

A vast, turbulent seascape with Saint Augustine and a child in the foreground. Augustine wears a black habit and gestures to heaven, while the child kneels on the sand and looks toward Saint Augustine.

Alternate Titles:
Marina con Sant'Agostino ed il bimbo Gesù sulla spiaggia


1946:   (Probably Galleria Lurati, Milan [1])
By at least 1949:   Probably Collection Valenti, Milan [1]
Before 1953:   A. C. de Frey, New York
Before January 1953-1983:   Mr. and Mrs. Paul Geier, Cincinnati and Rome, placed on long-term loan to the Art Museum, Princeon University, 1974-1982, L153.74, by bequest to
1983-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Magnasco did several versions of this subject. The CAM's painting may be the same one Benno Geiger listed in 1949 as being in the Collection Valenti and formerly with the Gallerie Lurati, Milan, in 1946. Although Geiger's dimensions for the work are slightly different (60 x 80 cm), a letter from Erika de Frey, wife of A. C. de Frey, on January 24, 1953, to Paul Geier indicates that the painting discussed by Geiger is the one currently in the CAM's collection. De Frey stated that she had found in her late husband's papers a postcard from Geiger that mentioned the painting was on page 114 in his book, and formerly in the Collection Valenti, Milan. Benno Geiger, Magnasco, Bergamo: Istituto Italiano d'arti grafiche, 1949, p. 114.

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