Interior of Antwerp Cathedral
Interior of Antwerp Cathedral

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Interior of Antwerp Cathedral

Neeffs, Peeter, the elder (Flemish, c. 1578-1656/61)


Indianapolis, Indiana native Robert G. Gossett, an American soldier, took possession of the painting near Hof, Germany, in 1945; {1} purchased by Caroline Marmon Fesler [1878-1960], Indianapolis, in 1946; bequeathed to the John Herron Art Institute, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in 1961.

{1} Gossett offered the painting to IMA Director, Wilbur D. Peat, in 1945, reporting that he received the painting by trade with a Russian officer, whereupon Peat contacted "The American Commission for the Protection and Salvage of Artistic and Historic Monuments in War Areas" in Washington, D.C. for advice. The Department of State opened a file on this painting: it is included as #3 on the list "Objects Imported by Members of the Services Reported to the Commission to date, 30 April 1946" (NARA, College Park, Maryland, Ardelia Hall collection, RG59, lot 62, D-4, Box 1). In an effort to trace the former owner, correspondence was conducted by the State Department with several American embassies and archives, none of which proved conclusive (see ibid., Box 9). In 2003, research was begun anew at IMA enlisting the efforts of Sarah Jackson and her European colleagues at the Art Loss Register, but the former owner remains unidentified.

Object Information

artist
Neeffs, Peeter, the elder (Flemish, c. 1578-1656/61)
creation date
1651
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
18 x 24-1/8 in.
27 x 34 in. (framed)
accession number
61.43
credit line
Bequest of Mrs. James W. Fesler
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors