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Title The Dormition of the Virgin
Alternative Title Death of the Virgin Mary
Collection Wellcome Library
Artist After Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch painter, draftsman and printmaker, 1606-1669)
Previously attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch painter, draftsman and printmaker, 1606-1669)
Date Earliest 1639
Date Latest possibly 1800
Description This work, by an unknown artist, is after an etching by Rembrandt. Rembrandt, chose to record the Eastern Orthodox Christian version of this episode who believe that Mary died a natural death and was not resurrected before being assumed into Heaven. It has been suggested that the painting could be the work of Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (1712-1774) who is known to have painted other etchings by Rembrandt.
Current Accession Number 44832i
Former Accession Number P 2915/1939
Subject religion (Dormition of the Virgin); interior; figure
Measurements 79.1 x 64.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Henry Solomon Wellcome 1936.
Provenance In the collection of Dr Copland, MD, London by 1868; in the collection of Henry Solomon Wellcome by 1913.
Principal Exhibitions National Exhibition of Works of Art, Leeds 1868, cat. no. 576 as Death of the Virgin lent by Dr Copland; XVIIth International Congress of Medicine, Wigmore St, London, 1913, cat. no. 138 as Deathbed Scene with Physician at Bedside by 'After Rembrandt'.
Publications National Exhibition of Works of Art, Leeds 1868, cat. no. 576, p. 45 as Death of the Virgin; Wellcome, H., XVIIth International Congress of Medicine: Handbook of the Historical Medical Museum Organized by Henry S. Wellcome (the Museum of the Section of the History of Medicine), London 1913, cat. no. 138, p. 99; Bartsch, A., Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt, Vienne, 1799, cat. no. 99.
Notes This work is after an etching by Rembrandt (Bartsch and Hollstein no. 99). It was suggested that the painting could be the work of Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (1712-1774) who is known to have painted other etchings by Rembrandt. Mounts at the Witt suggest that this work could be by Dietrich. There is a mount in the Witt of an etching now in the Walsall Art Gallery showing that the Wellcome painting is based on the Rembrandt etching (39.5 x 31cm) and a 'plume au lavis de sepia' by 'school of Rembrandt', 22 x 31 cm, that was included in the Van Gogh Sale, de Roos, Amsterdam, 2-3 December 1913. There was nothing to suggest that Rembrandt ever painted this in oil. The inscription 'K626' appears on a label on the reverse.
Rights Owner (c) The Wellcome Trust
Author Dr Madeleine Korn

 

 

 

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