European Art
Artist, attributed to: Andrea Solario, Italian, Lombardy, ca. 1465– ca. 1524

The Entombment

ca. 1510

Oil on panel

11.2 × 8.5 cm (4 7/16 × 3 3/8 in.)
Gift of Edmund P. Pillsbury, B.A. 1965
Not on view
Italian, Lombardy
16th century

Jacques Rosenthal (1854–1937), Munich, by 1914, to at least 1927 (as Northern Italian, ca. 1500) [see note 1]. H. Schickman Gallery, New York, by 1966 (as Anonymous Lombard, 16th century, Follower of Vincenco Foppa) [see note 2]; sold to Edmund “Ted” P. Pillsbury (died 2010), New Haven, Conn., later Fort Worth, Tex., February 9, 1973 (as Milanese School, ca. 1500, Follower of Vincenzo Foppa) [see note 3]; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2001

Note 1: Jacques Rosenthal was the owner and proprietor of the antiquarian bookshop “Antiquariat Jacques Rosenthal,” Munich, and a private collector of early modern European globes and Renaissance paintings. As a Jew living in Nazi Germany, in 1935 Rosenthal’s firm was “Aryanised” and transferred to non-Jewish ownership. Works of art from Rosenthal’s collection in Munich and apartment in Paris were subsequently confiscated. Others were sold off in order to fund Emi Rosenthal’s (1857–1941), Jacques’s wife, emigration to Switzerland.

Researchers at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich are working to reconstruct the Rosenthal’s private art collection, including the fate of the works of art after 1933. The Gallery has been collaborating with the ZIKG to understand the ownership history of The Entombment, which includes research into the provenance of the painting during the Nazi period.

Note 2: According to the photo-archive catalogue of the Fondazione Zeri, University of Bologna, Italy (entry no. 33388).

Note 3: A Yale graduate, and later lecturer in art history, Ted Pillsbury was the Curator of European Art at the Gallery in 1975.


Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 224, pl. 211.

Erwin Panofsky, Festschrift fu¨r Max J. Friedla¨nder zum 60. Geburtstage (Leipzig, Germany: E. A. Seemann, 1927), 270, 272, fig. 16.

Jacques Rosenthal, Bilder und Globen im Besitz von Jacques Rosenthal (Munich: Jacques Rosenthal, 1914), 270, fig. 16.

“The Gambier-Parry Bequest to The University of London,” Burlington Magazine vol. 109, no. 76 (1967): xxxviii, ill.

This work appears on our "Artworks with Nazi-Era Provenance Documentation Gaps" page.
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