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Vision of Saint Francis, possibly ca. 1598

  • Annibale Carracci, Italian, 1560-1609
  • Annibale Carracci, Italian, 1560-1609

Oil on copper (attached to masonite (tm), mounted on panel)

  • Unframed: 18 9/16 × 14 11/16 inches (47.2 × 37.3 cm)
  • 26 5/8 × 23 × 3 inches (67.6 × 58.4 × 7.6 cm)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field


by 1819–1848, Sir Thomas Baring, 2nd Baronet [1772–1848] (London, England)

June 2–3, 1848, sold by (Christie and Manson, London, England) "Dutch, Flemish, French, and English Portion of the Very Important Collection of Pictures of Sir Thomas Baring, Bart." lot 96. by 1889, Thomas George Baring, 1st Earl of Northbrook [1826–1904] (London, England). by 1924, by inheritance to his son, Francis George Baring, 2nd Earl of Northbrook [1850–1929] (London, England). by 1946, John Thomas (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field

1946–present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Bellori, Giovanni Pietro. Le Vite de Pittori, Scultori et Architetti Moderni. Rome, 1672, p. 84. Catalogue of Pictures of the Italian, Spanish, Flemish and Dutch Schools. Exh. cat., British Institution. London, 1819, p. 16, no. 148. [as “The Virgin with the Infant Christ” lent by Sir T. Baring, Bart.] An Account of all the Pictures Exhibited in the Rooms of the British Institution, from 1813 to 1823, Belonging to the Nobility and Gentry of England: with Remarks, Critical and Explanatory. London, 1824, p. 68. Catalogue of Pictures by Italian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch, French and English Masters. Exh. cat., British Institution. London, 1840, p. 8, no. 3. [as “The Holy Family and Monk of the Convent” lent by Sir Thomas Baring, Bart.] Dutch, Flemish, French, and English portion of the very important collection of pictures. Sales cat., Christie and Manson, London, June 2, 1848 – June 3, 1848, lot 96. [As Van Dyck, “Virgin and Child, and St. Francis.”] Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britain: Being An Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss., &c. &c., vol. 2. London, 1854, p. 179. [as Annibale Carracci, "Christ on the Cross appearing to St. Francis, and blessing him; an angel accompanying."] Richter, Jean Paul. Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Pictures Belonging to the Earl of Northbrook. London, 1889, p. 117, no. 160. Voss, Hermann. Die Malerei des Barock in Rom. Berlin, 1924, pp. 163, 491. Richardson, Edgar P. "The Virgin and Child with St. Francis by Annibale Carracci." Bulletin of the DIA 27, no. 1 (1947): 11–13 (ill.). Masterpieces of Painting and Sculpture from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1949, p. 77 (ill.). Artists in 17th Century Rome: A Loan Exhibition. Exh. Cat., Wildenstein & Co. Ltd. London, 1955, p. 25. [as a copy.] Mostra dei Carracci: Catalogo Critico dei Dipinti. Exh. cat., Palazzo Dell'Archiginnasio. Bologna, 1956, p. 214. [as a copy.] Treasures from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Detroit, 1960, p. 92 (ill.). Posner, Donald. Annibale Carracci: A Study in the Reform of Italian Painting around 1590, vol. 2. London, 1971, p. 43. [as a copy of Annibale Carracci.] Fredericksen, Burton and Federico Zeri. Census of Pre-Nineteenth-Century Italian Paintings in North American Public Collections. Cambridge, MA, 1972, p. 47. Cooney, Patrick J. and Gianfranco Malafarina. L’opera completa di Annibale Carracci. Milan, 1976, p. 110. [as a copy after.] Martin, John Rupert. Baroque. London, 1977, p. 324. [see no. 73, as a copy after] Voss, Hermann. Die Malerei des Barock in Rom. San Francisco, 1977, p. 145, pl. 95. Laskin, Jr, Myron and Michael Pantazzi, eds. Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa: European and American Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, vol 1. Ottawa, 1987, p. 60. [as a copy.] Bissell, R. Ward, Andria Derstine and Dwight Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9, 48–51, no. 15 (ill.). Derstine, Andria. "The Detroit Institute of Arts and Italian Baroque Painting." In Buying Baroque: Italian Seventeenth-Century Paintings Come to America, ed. Edgar Peters Bowron. University Park, 2017, p. 98.

Annibale Carracci; workshop of Annibale Carracci, Vision of Saint Francis, possibly ca. 1598, oil on copper (attached to Masonite (TM), mounted on panel). Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field, 46.280.