Decorating a Shrine - francesca alexander, 1865

francesca alexander (Boston, 1837 - 1917, Florence)

Decorating a Shrine, 1865

Oil on canvas, 125.2 x 93 cm (49 5/16 x 36 5/8 in.)

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Accession number

P17w29

Dimension Notes

Framed: 136.21 x 104.78 x 3.81 cm (53 5/8 x 41 1/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

Provenance

Commissioned by Mrs. John L. Gardner (Catherine Endicott Peabody, 1808-1883), Isabella Stewart Gardner's mother-in-law, of the artist Francesca Alexander (1837-1917), Florence in about November 1863. The money for the commission was donated to charity to aid the peasant population of Florence.
Shipped to Boston by 25 April 1865.
Presumably, bequeathed to Isabella Stewart Gardner's husband, John L. Gardner, Jr. (1837-1898), in 1884.

Marks

Inscribed (shrine): IN TE MISERICORDIA IN TE PIETATE IN TE MAGNIFICENZA IN TE S' ADUNA QUANTUNQUE IN CREATURA È DI BONTATE (In thee mercy, in thee pity, in thee great works, in thee in united whatever there is of goodness in creation)

Bibliography

Lucia Gray Swett. John Ruskin's Letters to Francesca Alexander and Memoirs of the Alexanders (Boston, 1931), p. 258. (excerpting a letter from the artist to her friend Lilly Cleveland, November 1863)
Philip Hendy. Catalogue of Exhibited Paintings and Drawings (Boston, 1931), pp. 3-4.
Gilbert Wendel Longstreet and Morris Carter. General Catalogue (Boston, 1935), p. 134.
Philip Hendy. European and American Paintings in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, 1974), p. 1, ill.


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