Provenance Research

Bernardo Mei (1612-1676)
Alexander the Great and the Fates, ca. 1667
Oil on canvas
87 1/4 x 119 3/4 in. (221.6 x 304.2 cm)
The Edwin and Virginia Irwin Memorial, 1988.167

In the center of the scene Atropos tries to cut Alexander the Great's life thread. Alexander, at the right, looks up at Fame. Time is trampled at his feet. Clotho and Lachesis are at the left spinning. In the background are allegories of the Sciences (right) and the Arts (left). The Muses stand in the middle background.


By 1683-1684:   Marcantonio Placidi, Siena, descended within family
Until after 1835:   Casa Placidi, Siena
    (European art trade)
    Anonymous Private Collection
    Art investment corporation, Switzerland, consigned to [1]
1984/5-1988:   (Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd., London, sold to)
1988-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum

[1] Correspondence, March 28, 2001.

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