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- Titles Perseus Armed by Mercury and Minerva (Proper)
- Artist Paris Bordon, Italy, Treviso 1500-1571 Venice
- Medium oil on canvas
- Dimensions 40 3/4 x 60 3/8 in. (103.5 x 153.4 cm) frame: 52 3/8 × 71 7/8 × 3 1/4 in. (133 × 182.6 × 8.3 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.117
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Provenance Edward Solly (1776-1844), London, by 1838; auctioned by Christie & Manson, London, May 8, 1847, no. 17; purchased by Barrett [see note 1]; John Charles Robinson (1824-1913), London [see note 2]; Sir Francis Cook (1817-1901), Doughty House, Richmond, Surrey, from 1868-1901; by descent to Sir Frederick Lucas Cook (1844-1920), from 1901-1920; by descent to Sir Herbert Frederick Cook (1868-1939), from 1920-1939; by descent to Sir Francis Ferdinand Maurice Cook (1907-1978), from 1939-1948; with Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi (1878-1955), Florence, 1948 [see note 3]; purchased by Samuel H. Kress (1863-1955), New York, March 10, 1949; on loan to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1951; gift of the Kress Foundation to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama, 1961
1. Catalogue of the Very Interesting and Valuable Collection of Italian Pictures, of the Rafaelle Period, formed by Edward Solly, Esq., Deceased, Christie & Manson auction catalogue, London, May 8, 1847, p. 10. The buyer is noted in a sales catalogue annotated by Lord Northwick. This annotated sales catalogue was formerly at the Northwick Public Library and is now at Yale University. Nothing more is known about the identity of Barrett.
2. J.C. Robinson, Memoranda on Fifty Pictures, Selected from a Collection of Works of the Ancient Masters (London: Whittingham and Wilkins, 1868), p. 23.
3. According to a letter dated February 24, 1948 from the archives of the law firm of Monro Fisher Wasbrough, London authorizing the transfer of the painting from F.F.M. Cook to Gualtiero Volterra or the AngloItalian Express Company, agents of Contini-Bonacossi.