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The Samuel H. Kress Collection
of Italian Paintings

The Samuel H. Kress Collection of Italian Paintings in the Fairfield University Art Museum comprises ten paintings by minor Italian Renaissance and Baroque masters. These were donated to the University in 2002 by the Museum of Art, Science & Industry (now "The Discovery Museum") in Bridgeport, Connecticut to honor the spirit of Samuel H. Kress's "Gift to the Nation," which presented, over 3,000 works of European art to the National Gallery of Art, regional museums, and college and university galleries across the country.

 

The Kress pictures are installed in the Bellarmine Hall Galleries of the Fairfield University Art Museum. They are included in the digital archive of the Kress Collection a collaboration between ARTstor and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.




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14th-century Paintings

Bartolommeo Bulgarini

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(workshop of)
(Italian, 1337-1387)

St. Anthony Abbot
ca. 1350
K1224A
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
13 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939 as Pietro Lorenzetti;
gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

 

Bartolommeo Bulgarini

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(workshop of)
(Italian, 1337-1387)

St. Andrew
ca. 1350
K1224B
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
13 1/8 x 8 3/4 inches

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939 as Pietro Lorenzetti;
gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.



15th-century Paintings

Priamo della Quercia

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(attributed to)
(Italian, active 1438 - after 1467)

Scene From a Novella (cassone panel)
early 1440s
K 269
Tempera and tooled gold on panel
17 x 18 1/4 inches (43.2 x 46.4 cm)

Provenance:
Vatican, Rome; (Giulio Sterbini [d. 1911], Rome), (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955], Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 28 June 1933 as Andrea di Giusto;
gift 1939 to the National Gallery of Art; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

Exhibited:
San Francisco, CA., "Italian Paintings lent by Mr. Samuel H. Kress", Jan. 1934-June 1935 (continuing exhibition to Charlotte, NC, p. 15, as by Andrea di Giusto) Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1941-53

 

Anonymous Lombard Painter

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Madonna and Child
c. 1475-1500
K 578
Emulsified tempera on wood
11 1/2 x 8 7/8 inches (29.2 x 22.5 cm)

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress 1 September 1939 as Milanese Master; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

Exhibited:
Staten Island, NY, Institute of Arts and Sciences, December 1955, as by Bergonone Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1956



16th-century Paintings

Pietro degli Ingannati

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(attributed to)
(Italian, active 1529-1548)

Madonna and Child
ca. 1530-1540
K1269
Oil on panel
25 x 20 1/2 inches (63.5 x 52.1 cm)

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 13 March 1941 as Lattanzio da Rimini; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

 

Nicolò dell'Abate

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(circle of)
(Italian, ca. 1509-1571)

Portrait of a Lady
ca. 1550
K1751
Oil on canvas
15 7/8 x 14 1/4 inches (40 x 36.2 cm)

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 July 1950 as Niccolo dell'Abate; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

Exhibited:
Tulsa, OK, Philbrook Art Center, 1952-53 (as by Niccolò dell'Abate)

 

Paolo Fiammingo

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(Flemish, 1540-1596)
The Nativity
ca. 1590
K1178
Oil on canvas
44 3/8 x 38 1/8 inches (112.7 x 96.9 cm)

Provenance:
Stroganoff Collection, Leningrad [1] (Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 September 1939; gift 1943 to the National Gallery of Art; deaccessioned in 1952 and returned to the Samuel Kress Foundation; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art

[1] This may refer to Count Grigory Sergeievich Stroganoff [1829-1910] whose collection was housed in a palazzo in Rome. After his death the collection was dispersed and Contini Bonacossi acquired a number of paintings that were ultimately sold to Kress. This picture, however, is not included in Pieces de choix de la collection du Comte Gregoire Stroganoff a Rome, 2 vols, Rome, 1911-12.

Exhibited:
Washington, DC, National Gallery of Art, 1941-52

 
 


18th-century Paintings

Paolo de' Matteis

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(Italian, 1662-1728)
Andromeda and Perseus
ca. 1710
K1786
Oil on canvas
29 7/8 x 24 3/4 inches (75.9 x 62.9 cm)

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome- Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress on 1 July 1950 as Giuseppe Cesari; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art.

 

Martin Van Meytens II

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(Swedish, 1695-1770)
Portrait of a Boy
ca. 1750
K1586
Oil on canvas
26 5/8 x 20 1/2 inches (67.7 x 52.1 cm)

Provenance:
(Paul Drey, New York); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] in 1948; gift 1962 to the Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art

Exhibited: Kansas City, MO, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Settecento Exhibition Andover, MA., Addison Gallery, Phillips Academy, Art of the Past, cat. no. 37 Northampton, MA, Smith College Museum of Art, Italian Baroque Painting, February 6-25, 1947. no. 33 (as a self portrait by Ghilandi)

 

Basilio Lasinio

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(Italian, 1766-1839)
Rustic Scene
ca. 1783
K1818
Oil on canvas
15 x 22 7/8 inches (38.1 x 58.1 cm)

Provenance:
(Count Alessandro Contini Bonacossi [1878-1955] Rome-Florence); sold to Samuel H. Kress [1863-1955] on 1 July 1950 as Francesco Zuccarelli; gift 1962 Museum of Art, Science, and Industry (now "The Discovery Museum"), Bridgeport, CT; gift 2002 to the Bellarmine Museum of Art

Exhibited: Tulsa, OK, Tulsa Traveling Study Collection, April-September 1960, as by Lasinio

 
 






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