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Joachim's Offering Refused

Attributed to Jan Wellens de Cock (Netherlandish, Leiden ca. 1480–before 1527 Antwerp)
Former Attribution:
Formerly attributed to Dirck Vellert (Netherlandish, Amsterdam (?) ca. 1480/85–ca. 1547)
early 16th century
Pen and black ink
10 5/8 x 10 3/4 in. (27 x 27.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Hewitt Fund, 1917
Accession Number:
Not on view
Inscription: At bottom center, monogramed "AD" in pen and brown ink, in the manner of Albrecht Dürer. On the mount: at lower left center, inscribed "Albert Durer. 1470-1528" in pen and brown ink; at lower left center, inscribed "from vol 1st No 4" in pen and brown ink. Verso: at upper center, inscribed "Q 52" in pen and brown ink (possibly Richardson mark, see Lugt 2983-2984)

Marking: At lower left, a collector's paraphe (?) "12 R X" in brown ink (in ligature, extremely close to Lugt 2171)
Possibly acquired by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1656–1733, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Henry Herbert, 10th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1734–1794, Wilton House, Wiltshire), by 1772; by descent to Reginald Herbert, 15th Earl of Pembroke (British, 1880–1960, Wilton House, Wiltshire); Pembroke sale, Sotheby's, London, July 5–6, 9–10, 1917, lot 477 (as Dirck van Staren); with Knoedler and Co., New York; Vendor: Robert Langton Douglas (British, London 1864–1951)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 4, 2010–January 3, 2011.

Sandford Arthur Strong Reproductions in Facsimile of Drawings by the Old Masters in the Collection of the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery at Wilton House. London, 1900, cat. 31, part III (attributed to the Master of the Star [Dirck Vellert]), ill.

Sotheby's, London, Earls of Pembroke Catalogue of superb prints, drawings, pictures, and armour from the historical collections at Wilton House, Salisbury, the property of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery [July 5-6 & 9-10, 1917]. July 5-6, 9-10, 1917, cat. no. 447.

Bryson Burroughs "Drawings from the Pembroke Collection." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 14, no. 6, New York, June 1919, p. 138 (as by the artist Dirck Vellert).

Max J. Friedländer Die niederländischen Manieristen. Leipzig, 1921, cat. no. 11, ill.

Paul Wescher "Um Jan de Cock" in Zeitschrift für bildende Kunst. vol. 59, 1925-1926, p. 153.

Otto Benesch Die Zeichnungen der Niederländischen Schulen des XV. und XVI Jahrhunderts. Vienna, 1928, p. 11, under cat. 64.

Ludwig Baldass "Zeichnungen von Jan de Cock und seinem Doppelgänger." in Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für vervielfältigende Kunst. 1929, p. 72ff (as by an anonymous Antwerp artist, ca. 1520).

Max J. Friedländer "Die Antwerpe Manieristen: Adriaen Ysenbrant" Die altniedeländische Malerei. vol. 11, Berlin, 1933, p. 68.

Julius S. Held "Notizen zu einem niederländsichen Skizzenbuch in Berlin." in Oud Holland. 50, 1933, p. 283 (as by an anonymous Antwerp mannerist).

Walter Mehring European Drawings from the Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Portfolio of Collotype Reproductions [Vol. 1: Italian Drawings; Vol. 2: Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings; Vol. 3: "New Series": Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German, Spanish, French, and British drawings]. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3 vols., New York, 1942–44, cat. no. 4 (vol.2), ill.

Knoedler and Co. Gallery Great Master Drawings of Seven Centuries. A Benefit Exhibition of Columbia University for the Scholarship Fund of the Department of Fine Arts and Archaeology. New York, 1959, cat. no. 21, fig. no. XII, p. 27.

Max J. Friedländer Early Netherlandish Painting: The Antwerp Mannerists Adriaen Ysenbrandt. vol. 11, New York, Washington, 1974, p. 41; pl. 100c (, ill.

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