Artist Michel Sittow, Netherlandish, ca. 1468 - 1525 or 1526
Title
  • Catherine of Aragon as the Magdalene
Date between 15th and 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)
before 1931, (art dealer, Berlin, Germany);
collection of August Berg (Portland, Oregon, USA);
1940, collection of Clendenin J. Ryan (New York, New York, USA);
January 19, 1940, auctioned through (Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, USA), lot 218;
1940, (M. Knoedler & Co., New York, New York, USA);
1940-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Winkler, Frederick. "Master Michiel." Art in America 19, no. 6 (October 1931): 247–257, pp. 248, 253, (fig. 6) (ill.).

Glück, Gustav. "The Henry VII in the National Portrait Gallery," Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 63, no. 366 (September 1933): 100–108, p. 107. [as in the collection of August Berg].

Baldass, Ludwig. "The Portraiture of Master Michiel," Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs 67, no. 389 (August 1935): 76–78, p. 78.

Richardson, E. P. "Three Paintings by Master Michiel," Art Quarterly 2, no. 1 (1939): 102–111, p. 108. [as in the Berg Collection].

Johansen, Paul. "Meister Michel Sittow, Hofmaler der Königen Isabella von Kastilien und Bürger von Reval," Jahrbuch der Preussischen Kunstsammlungen 61 (1940): 1–36, pp. 35, no. 10.

Richardson, E[dgar] P. "Catherine of Aragon as the Magdalen by Master Michiel," Bulletin of the DIA 19, no. 8 (May 1940): 82–83, front cover (ill.), pp. 82–83.

Richardson, E. P. "The Recent Acquisitions: The Master Michiel Portrait," Art Quarterly 3, no. 3 (1940): 299–301, pp. 294, 299–301 (ill.).

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Winkler, F. "Zittoz, Miguel, richtig Sittow," Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Künstler 36, eds., Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker. Leipzig, 1947, pp. 532–533.

Weinberger, Martin. "Notes on Maître Michiel," Burlington Magazine 90, no. 546 (September 1948): 247–253, p. 248 [as "Saint Margaret" in a Portland, Oregon private collection.]

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Keller, K.T. and E.P. Richardson. "Care of the Collection," Bulletin of the DIA 35, no. 2 (1955–1956): 44–45, p. 44.

Magareta van Oostenrijk en haar hof. Exh. cat., Mechelen City Committee for the World Exposition. Mechelen, 1958, p. 10, cat. 84.

Richardson, E. P. "Portrait of a Man in a Red Hat by Master Michiel," Bulletin of the DIA 38, no. 4 (1958–1959): 79–83, pp. 81–82 (ill.).

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Le Siècle des Primitifs Flamands. Exh. cat., l’Administration Communale de Bruges and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Bruges, 1960, pp. 162–164, cat. 65 (ill.).

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Demus, Klaus, Friderike Klauner, and Karl Schütz, eds. Flämische Malerei von Jan van Eyck bis Pieter Bruegel D.Ä. Vienna. 1981, pp. 282–284. [see Meister Michiel Sittow "Bildnis der Katharina von Aragon (?)," inv. no. 5612]

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Abel, Tiina, ed. Michel Sittow, 1469–1525: The Artist connecting Estonia with the Southern Netherlands. Tallinn, 2001, front cover, frontispiece, pp. 2, 24, 29, (ill.).

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