The Virgin and Child with the Young Saint John the Baptist

Previtali, Andrea (1480-1528) | Painter

In 1874, Dresden’s Gemäldegalerie acquired this painting by the Renaissance artist Andrea Previtali, who worked in Bergamo, at an auction of works from the Alexander Barker collection in London. In 1926, the State of Saxony passed it to the former Wettin royal dynasty under an agreement on the partition of estate. The House of Wettin sold the painting in 1938 without any pressure resulting from persecution. The Berlin art dealer Karl Haberstock, one of the main dealers working for Nazi Germany, then sold it directly to Adolf Hitler for the “Linz Special Commission”. After 1945, it came into the possession of the Federal Republic of Germany. The piece was loaned to the Schloss Rheydt municipal museum in Mönchengladbach before returning to Dresden in 2003 as a loan by the Federal Republic of Germany.

To this day, a sticker on the reverse of the painting, with the number 107, shows that the painting was once registered as part of the “Linz Special Commission”.

Material & Technique
Oil on poplar panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Inventory number
DLN Nr. 2003/1