Attributed to Palma il Giovane

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Attributed to Palma il Giovane
1544-1628,
The Harrowing of Hell
Red chalk, pen and brown ink. Upper and lower left corners cut.
8 5/8 x 11 7/16 inches (207 x 290 mm)
Bequest of Alex Gordon.
2008.26

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Inscribed in brown ink at lower left, da Palma; in brown ink on reverse of mount, D.G. n:°29. Gordon inv. G 1092.

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Unidentified Italian collector (formerly associated with the so-called Borghese albums), probably a sixteenth-century Venetian, now tentatively identified as Zaccaria Sagredo (Lugt S. 2103a); Germain Seligman, New York (1893-1978); His gift in memory of W. R. Valentiner; sale, New York, Sotheby's, 27 January 1999, lot 64 (as North Italian School, late 16th Century).
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North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C., In memory of William R. Valentiner, 1880-1958. Masterpieces of art representing his achievements during fifty years of service in American museums, no. 42 (as Palma Giovane).

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