Artist Sebastiano del Piombo, Italian, ca. 1485-1547
  • Prelate with an Hourglass
Date 1519
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 38 1/4 × 31 5/8 inches (97.2 × 80.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, General Membership Fund
Accession Number 42.12
Department European Painting
Not On View
Inscriptions Inscribed, in painting, on bookmark: A/1519
from 17th century, Santa Croce Family (Rome, Italy);
until 1909, (Luigi Grassi, Florence, Italy);
1909-1910, (Knoedler & Co., New York, New York, USA);
1910-1929, (Collection J. Horace Harding, New York, New York, USA);
until 1941, by inheritance, collection of Mrs. J. Horace Harding;
March 1, 1941, auctioned by (Parke-Bernet, New York, New York, USA), lot 53;
(Mortimer Brandt, New York, New York, USA);
1942-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Venturi, L. Pitture italiane in America. Milan, 1931, no. 371.

Venturi, A. Storia dell'arte italiana, vol. 9, pt. 5. Milan, 1932, p. 1-82, esp. p. 82 [cited; in J. H. Harding coll.].

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance. Oxford, 1932, p. 522 [in collection of Horace Harding, NY].

Venturi, L. Italian Paintings in America, vol. 3. New York, 1933, pl. 501 [in J. H. Harding coll., NY].

Gombosi, G. "Sebastiano del Piombo." In Thieme-Becker, Allgemeines Lexicon der Bildenden Künstler. Leipzig, 1933, vol. 27, pp. 71-74, esp. p. 74 [cited; in J. H. Harding coll.; rejected attribution to Sebastiano].

Berenson, B. Pitture Italiane del Rinascimento. Milan, 1936, p. 449 [in collection of heirs of Horace Harding, NY].

Venetian Paintings of the XV and XVI Centuries. cat., Knoedler & Co. New York, 1938, no. 14 (repr. only).

O'Toole, James St. L. The Collection of the Late J. Horace Harding. New York, 1938, p. 8, (repr.).

Venetian Painting From the Fifteenth Century through the Eighteenth Century. Exh. cat., California Palace of the Legion of Honor. San Francisco, June 25-July 24, 1938 (unpaginated), cat. 55, (repr.) [lent by the Thornton Realty Company, NY].

Friedländer, W. "Review of exhibition: 'Venetian Paintings of the XV and XVI Centuries'," Art in America, vol. 26 (1938): pp. 127-132, esp. pp. 128, 131 [attribution to Sebastiano "highly problematic"].

Dussler, L. Sebastiano del Piombo. Basel, 1942, p. 154, cat. 95a [as in collection of H. Harding, NY; rejected attribution to Sebastiano].

Giorgione and his Circle. Exh. cat., Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore, February 23 -March 21, 1942, p. 31, cat. 37, (repr.) [curated by M. Brandt].

Richardson, E.P. "Prelate with an Hour Glass by Sebastiano del Piombo," Bulletin of the DIA 23, no. 4 (January 1944): p. 30, (cover repr.).

Richardson, E.P., ed. DIA Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 120, no. 728, (repr.).

Longhi, R. Viatico per cinque secoli di pittura veneziana. Florence, 1946, p. 65 [cited].

Centenary Exhibition. Exh. cat., Coe College. Cedar Rapids, IA, 1952, no 3.

Exh. cat., University of Minnesota Art Museum. Minneapolis, 1952.

Berenson, B. Italian Pictures of the Renaissance: Venetian School, vol. 1. London, 1957, p. 163.

Paintings in the DIA: a checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 98.

Frederickson, B. & F. Zeri. Census of pre-19th Century Italian Paintings in North American Collections. Cambridge, 1972, p. 185 [as attributed to Sebastiano].