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Loan Object
Artist: Cornelis Engelbrechtsz., Netherlandish, ca. 1460/65–1527

The Deposition

ca. 1510–20

Oil on panel

framed: 52.07 × 43.498 cm (20 1/2 × 17 1/8 in.) unframed: 42.545 × 33.655 cm (16 3/4 × 13 1/4 in.)
Bequest of Dr. Herbert and Monika Schaefer
Made in The Netherlands
On view
15th–16th century

Baron E. de Beurnonville (1825-1906), Paris; Sale of the above, Pillet, Paris, May 9, 1881, lot 468; Jean Dollfus (1823-1911), Paris; Sale of the above, Lair-Dubreuil, Paris, April 1, 1912, lot 99, illus.; Frederik Muller, Amsterdam; Franz Kleinberger, Paris, 1913; Harald Petri (1877-1954), Antwerp; Sale of the above, Frederik Muller et Cie, Amsterdam, November 30– December 6, 1926, lot 57. Maurice Lagrand, Brussels. Kunsthandel A.G., Lucerne, and ‘Seling,’ March 1973, jointly owned; Julius Böhler, Munich, received on commission from the above, March 1973, and acquired September, 1973 (Lagerbuch-number 7-73); Dr. Herbert and Mrs. Monika Schaefer, June 1974.


Leandre Vaillat, “La peinture hollandaise,” L’Art et les Artistes 15 (April–September 1912): 146, ill.

Walter Cohen, Ulrich Thieme, and Felix Becker, “Engebrechtsz” in Thieme-Becker, Kunstler Lexikon, 10 (Leipzig: E. A. Seemann, 1914), 527, ill.

Nicolaas Beets, “De tentoonstelling 1575,” Onze Kunst 25 (1914): 53, ill.

Paul Wescher, “Zur Chronologie der Gemalde des Cornelis Engelbrechsten,” Zeitschrift fur bildende Kunst 58 (1924): 99, 103, ill.

E´mile Gavelle, Cornelis Engebrechtsz. L’e´cole de peinture de Leyde et le romantisme Hollandais au de´but de la Renaissance (Lille: Raoust, 1929), 292–93, G. 40.

Max J. Friedländer, Die Altniederla¨ndische Malerei, 10 (Berlin: P. Cassirer, 1932), pl. 52, fig. 93.

G. J. Hoogewerff, De Noord-Nederlandsche Schilderkunst, 3 (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1939), 202–204, fig. 108.

E. Peinck, “Cornelis Engebrechtsz: de herkomst van sijn kunst,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (1948–1949): 53, ill.

Office de Re´cupe´ration E´conomique, Re´pertoire d’oeuvres d’art dont la Belgique a e´te´ spolie´e durant la guerre 1939-1945 (Brussels: Royaume de Belgique, 1948), Illus. 25 (Pl. V), fig. 76.

Max J. Friedländer, Early Netherlandish Paintings, 10 (Leiden & Brussels: Foleor Publishers, 1973), 73, 79, fig. 93.

Walter S. Gibson, The Paintings of Cornelis Engebrechtsz, 34 (New York & London: Garland Publishing, 1977), 167–68, 247, fig. 43.

Missing art works of Belgium (Brusells: Ministère des affaires économiques, 1994), 31, fig. 67.

Collection: Dr. Herbert & Monika Schaefer, Selected Works, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Mountain View Press, 1998), 12–15, ill.

Joachim Pissarro, Saints, Sinners, and Scenery: European Genre and Landscape Paintings from the Collection of Herbert and Monika Schaefer, exh. cat. (New Haven: Yale University Art Gallery, 1998), 6–7.

Jan Piet Filedt Kok, Walter S. Gibson, and Yvette Bruijnen, Cornelis Engebrechtsz: A Sixteenth-Century Leiden Artist and his Workshop (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 126–27, no. 33, fig. 119.

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