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The Getty Foundation’s 30th Anniversary

Shelf of exhibition catalogues from Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945-1980
Pacific Standard Time publications

A look back at the Getty Foundation’s 30 years of support for study and preservation of the visual arts. More»

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Advancing Conservation Practice, One Intern At a Time

Former intern Elsa Bourguinon with GCI’s Tom Roby working on the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán, Honduras in 2001. Photo: Richard Ross
Former intern Elsa Bourguinon with GCI’s Tom Roby working on the Hieroglyphic Stairway at Copán, Honduras in 2001. Photo: Richard Ross

Graduate internships at the Getty Conservation Institute offer training in both conservation and leadership. More»

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Art Historians Share Progress on Exhibitions for Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Discussion panel during the Pacific Standard Time workshop at the Getty Center, October 2014
Discussion panel during the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA workshop

Work is in full swing on dozens of Pacific Standard Time exhibitions slated for 2017. More»

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Seeing Each Other Differently

Sound of One Hand Clapping / Minor White
Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. © Trustees of Princeton University

Art brings a dad and his adult son together. More»

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Getty Foundation Announces “Keeping It Modern”

Keeping it Modern / A Getty Foundation initiative to conserve 20th-century architecture

A new initiative focuses on advancing the conservation of modern architecture. More»

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5 Tips for Making the Most of an Arts Internship

Corinne (left) and Gaby (center) in a productive meeting with Getty Villa exhibitions coordinator Robin McCarthy (right)
DO participate in meetings! Corinne (left) and Gaby (center) in a productive meeting with Getty Villa exhibitions coordinator Robin McCarthy (right)

Road-tested advice for launching your career in an arts organization. More»

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Summer Camp for Art Historians

Photo: Frettie, CC By-SA 3.0

Three summer institutes convene art historians to push digital art history forward. More»

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New Digital Publication Zooms in on Claude Monet

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New digital catalogue from the Art Institute of Chicago lets you get up close and personal with Monet’s brushstrokes. More»

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A Vision of Possibilities

Keynote speaker Traci Kato-Kiriyama sets the tone for what becomes an eye-opening experience at the Getty.
Keynote speaker Traci Kato-Kiriyama sets the tone for what becomes an eye-opening experience at the Getty.

Every interaction is an opportunity. Thoughts on considering a career in the arts. More»

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What Is a Page in the Digital Age?

On Performativity / Walker Art Center
View of the Walker’s new OSCI publication, On Performativity. Image courtesy Walker Art Center

A new crop of digital museum catalogues reinvents the page for the 21st century. More»

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      #ProvenancePeek: Titian in Boston

      Every art object has a story—not only of how it was made, but of how it changed hands over time until it found its current home. That story is provenance.

      Portrait of a Man Holding a Book, in the collection of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, is no exception. The MFA carefully details the painting’s Italian provenance on its collection page, but the path of this object even since then is complex.

      Between 1901 and 1907, Portrait of a Man Holding a Book entered the stock of no less than three galleries, purchased from the Italian family who owned it first by Agnew’s in London, then by Trotti in Paris, and then by Cottier in New York (marking its movement from the Old World to the New). A collector purchased it from Cottier, and the painting was held privately for 36 years.

      That collector was Frederick Bayley Pratt (1865–1945), son of Charles Pratt, oil magnate and founder of the Brooklyn Institute that bears his family’s name (incidentally, this writer’s alma mater!). 

      The Knoedler Gallery dealt frequently with members of the Pratt family. A quick peek into the searchable database of Knoedler’s stock books turns up nine instances in which a Pratt (Charles and Mary, Frederick’s parents, or Herbert and John, his brothers) bought works, as well as five instances where they sold works. This Titian portrait is one of those instances. Frederick Pratt sold the work to Knoedler in early April of 1943, and by the 10th, it had been snapped up by the Museum of Fine Arts.

      Knoedler shared the sale with Pinakos, an art-dealing concern owned and operated by Rudolf J. Heinemann. Purchasing works in tandem with other dealers was a widespread practice amongst powerful art galleries of the time; nearly 6,000 records in the Knoedler database had joint ownership.

      The stock books of the Knoedler Gallery have recently been transformed into a searchable database that anyone can query for free. You can find this Titian under stock number A2555.

      Portrait of a Man Holding a Book, about 1540, Titian (Tiziano Vecellio). Oil on canvas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Charles Potter Kling Fund. Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; stock and sales books documenting the painting’s sale by M. Knoedler & Co.

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      ProvenancePeek is a monthly series by research assistant Kelly Davis peeking into provenance finds from the M. Knoedler & Co. archive at the Getty Research Institute.

      04/29/16

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