Publications
Title: Admiral Gaspard II de Coligny
Date: 1565–70
Artist: François Clouet
French, c.1516–1572
Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions:
8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in. (20.4 x 14.8 cm)
by sight (in frame): 8 x 5 1/2 in. (20.3 x 14 cm)
framed: 11 x 8 5/8 in. (27.9 x 21.9 cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object Number: 168:1925
Place made: France
Current Location: On View, Gallery 238
Notes:
Finely detailed with great attention to each link of chain and gold adornment on the cap, this portrait presents one of the most famous 16th-century leaders of the French army. De Coligny went on to become active in French Protestant (Huguenot) causes. His 1572 assassination was orchestrated by one of his former Huguenot colleagues. The precisely rendered face looks more like a drawing than a painting, a result achieved by sketching the facial features directly onto the panel before the application of paint.
Signed: unsigned
Provenance
by 1913 -
Peter A. B. Widener (1834-1915), Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, PA; Joseph E. Widener (1871/1872-1943), Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, PA, by inheritance [1]

by 1921 - 1925
Bachstitz Gallery, Berlin, Germany; The Hague, The Netherlands; New York, NY, USA [2]

1925 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Bachstitz Gallery [3]


Notes:
[1] In a 1913 publication, the painting is listed as being owned by Peter A. B. Widener [Valentiner, W. R., Hofstede de Groot, "Pictures in the Collection of P. A. B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: Early German, Dutch, and Flemish Schools." Volume 1. Philadelphia, 1913, cat. no. 3]. An undated document sent from the Bachstitz Gallery states that the work was formerly in the collection of Joseph E. Widener [SLAM document files]. It is assumed Joseph E. Widener inherited the work upon his father's death in 1915.

[2] See note [1]. According to a 1921 publication, the painting was in the collection of the Bachstitz Gallery at this time ["The Bachstitz Gallery Collection." Vol. III: Objects of Art and Painting. Berlin, A. Frisch, 1921, plate 95].

[3] Minutes of the Administrative Board of Control of the City Art Museum, May 15, 1925.
Exhibition History
Title: Primitive Masters
Date: 1922
Venue: Bachstitz Gallery
Publication History
Title: Northern Renaissance Paintings: The Discovery of Invention
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Author: Molly Faries
Author: Maryan Wynn Ainsworth
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Pictures in the Collection of P.A.B. Widener at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania: Early German, Dutch, and Flemish Schools
Year Published: 1913
Title: Admiral Coligny
Periodical Title: The Masterpiece of the Week
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Die Primitiven Ausstellung im Haag
Periodical Title: Cicerone
Year Published: 1922
Title: The Bachstitz Gallery Catalogue
Publisher: Bachstitz Gallery
Title: A French Portrait of the XVI Century
Periodical Title: Bulletin of the City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Author: Samuel L. Sherer
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Early Northern European Paintings
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Author: Larry Silver
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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