Artist Michel Sittow, Netherlandish, c. 1468 - 1525/1526
Title
  • Catherine of Aragon as the Magdalene
Date 15th/16th Century
Medium Oil on oak panel
Dimensions Image: 12 1/16 × 9 7/16 inches (30.7 × 24 cm)
Unframed (Uncradled): 12 5/8 × 9 15/16 × 1/4 inches (32.1 × 25.3 × 0.6 cm)
Unframed (Cradled): 12 5/8 × 9 15/16 × 7/8 inches (32.1 × 25.3 × 2.3 cm)
Framed: 18 1/2 × 15 15/16 × 2 3/8 inches (47 × 40.5 × 6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 40.50
Department European Painting
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W240, Level 2 (see map)
Berlin, Art dealer, before 1931;
Portland, Oregon, Collection August Berg;
New York, Collection Clendenin J. Ryan, 1940;
New York, auction C. J. Ryan, (Parke-Bernet) 19 Jan., 1940, lot 218, repr.;
New York, M. Knoedler & Co., (dealer-1940). from whom purchased by the DIA in 1940.
Winkler, F. "Neue Werke des Meisters Michiels," Pantheon, vol. 7, 1931, pp. 175-178, esp. p. 178, repr. p. 175.

Winkler, F., "Master Michel", Art in America, vol. 19, 1930-1931, pp. 247-257, cited on p. 248, fig. 6.

Gluck, G., "The Henry VII in the National Portrait Gallery", Burlington Magazine, vol. 43, 1933, pp. 100-108.

Baldass, L., "The Portraiture of Master Michiel", Burlington Magazine, vol. 47, August, 1935, pp. 77-82, cited on p. 78.

Richardson, E. P., "Three Paintings by Master Michiel", Art Quarterly, vol. 2, 1939, pp. 102-111, esp. p. 108 (as from the Berg Collection).

Richardson, Edgar P. "Catherine of Aragon as the Magdalen," Bulletin of the DIA, vol. 19, no. 8, 1940, pp. 82-83, repr. on cover.

Richardson, E. P., "The Recent Acquisitions: The Master Michiel Portrait", Art Quarterly, vol.3, 1940, pp. 299, 301, repr.

Winkler, F. "Neuentdeckte Altniederländer III: Michel Sittow," Pantheon, vol. 35, 1943, pp. 99, 102.

Richardson, E. P. (ed.), Detroit, DIA, Catalogue of Paintings, 1944, p. 90, no. 645.

Winkler, F., "Zittoz, Miguel, richtig Sittow" entry in Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines-Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, vol. 36, Leipzig, 1947, pp. 532-533.

Weinberger, M. "Notes on Maitre Michiel," Burlington Magazine, vol. XC 1948, pp. 247-253, esp. p. 248 (as Saint Margaret and erroneously is in Portland, OR, private collection).

Keller, K.T. & Richardson, E. P., "Care of the Collection," Bulletin of the DIA, vol. 35, no. 2, 1955/56, p. 44.

Malines, Stadhuis, "Margareta van Oostenrijk en haar hof (Margaret of Austria and her Court)", 1958, cat. 84. (cat. by J. L. Cornelis).

Richardson, E. P., "Portrait of a Man in a Red Hat by Master Michiel", Bulletin of the DIA, vol. 38, no. 4, 1958-1959, p. 81 (repro.) (article pp. 79-82).

Bruges, Groeninge Museum, "Le Siècle des Primitifs Flamands", 1960, pp. 162-164, cat. 65, repr. (cat. entry by H. Pauwels).

Detroit, DIA, "Flanders in the Fifteenth Century", 1960, pp. 198-200, cat. 52, repr. (cat. entry by J. Folie).

Winkler, F. "Ausstellung Altniederländischer Bilder aus Amerika in Brugge", Kunstchronik, vol. 13, 1960, p. 312-316, esp. pp. 314-315.

Weltkunst, vol. 30, August, 1960, p. 3, repr.

Puyvelde, L. van, La Peinture flamande au siècle de Bosch et Brueghel, Brussels-Paris, 1962, p. 361, pl. 193.

Rebas, R. "Michel Sittow. Taasavastamine ja looming" Eesti Keele ja Kirjanduse Instituudi aastaraamat (Year Book of the Institute of Estonian Language and Literature), vol. 1, Stockholm, 1973, no. 10, p. 176 (ill.).

Trizna, J. Michel Sittow, Peintre Revelais de l'École Brugeoise, (1468-1525/6), Brussels: Publications du Centre National de Recherches "Primitifs Flamands" (series III, Contributions à d'étude des Primitifs Flamands, #6,) 1976, pp. 53-4, 98, no. 20.

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Flämische Malerei von Jan van Eyck bis Pieter Bruegel D. A. Vienna, 1981, pp. 282, 284, cited under inv. no. 5612 (M. Sittow, Portrait of Catharine of Aragon [?]).

Wayment, H., "The Enigma of the Fairford Glass," Source, vol. 2, no. 1, 1982, pp. 18-19.

Wayment, H., The Stained Glass of the Church of St. Mary, Fairford, Gloucestershire, London, 1984, p. 95, pl. LXXIIIa.

Bauman, G. C., and Liedtke, W., Flemish Paintings in America, Antwerp, 1992, p. 367, no. 449, repr.

Natale, M., org. El Renaciemiento Mediterráneo, Madrid / Valencia, 2001, pp. 560, 562, repro. p. 562, fig. 98B (in entry for no.98 Portrait of Catherine of Aragon, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum; entry by F. Elsig, dated c.1501-1502).

Abel, Tiina (ed.). Michel Sittow 1469-1525. The artist connecting Estonia with the Southern Netherlands. Tallinn: The Art Museum of Estonia, 2001, p. 24, 29, ill. on front cover

Weniger, Matthias. Sittow, Morros, Juan de Flandes: Drei Maler aus dem Norden am Hof Isabellas der Katholischen. Kiel, Germany: Ludwig, 2011, pp. 60-62, 90-92 273, color ill (Cat no. 645, Sittow 10, Tf.1c).

Dobrzynski, Judith H. "See It Now—Michel Sittow, Extraordinary Painter." Real Clear Arts, January 29, 2018. [see http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/2018/01/see-it-now-michel-sittow-extraordinary-painter.html (accessed January 31, 2018)]

Hand, John Oliver and Greta Koppel. Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 2018, pp. 70-73, no. 10 (ill.).