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(Seville, Spain, 1617 - 1682, Seville, Spain)

Saint Justa

c. 1665
Oil on canvas
36 5/8 x 26 1/8 in. (93 x 66.4 cm)
Century: 17th Century
Credit Line: Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas. Algur H. Meadows Collection, MM.72.04
Accession Number: MM.72.04

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José Domingo Irureta Goyena e Iñigo Ruiz de Ansoategui (1830-1921), Seville and Paris, by or before January 1874;
Purchased by Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911) on 27 January 1874; [1]
By bequest to his granddaughter, Baronne Antoinette Léonino (1894-1990); [2]
Confiscated by the Dienststelle Westen [Western Agency of the ERR] from Bedel & Cie., Paris, October 1942; [3]
Transferred together with Saint Rufina to Schloss Kogl, Austria; [4]
Recovered by Allied troops from the conservation studio of Otto Klein and Martha-Strube Klein, Buxheim, Germany, 1945; [5]
Restituted to Baronne Léonino on 7 May 1946. [6]
Paris art market, 1967; [7]
Purchased c. 1967 through (Galerie Heim, Paris) by (H. Shickman Gallery, New York); [8]
Purchased September 1972 by the Meadows Foundation, Dallas, Texas.

[1] Gustave de Rothschild’s account ledger lists a final payment to Reitlinger for the sale of two Murillos [Saint Justa and Saint Rufina] from the collection of “M.r J. de Y. Goyena.” Rothschild Archives London (RAL), Lafite Papers, OB 61874 1er semestre OB 6 Gustave.

[2] RAL, Lafite Papers 000/1037/122: The posthumous inventory conducted 26 April 1912 of the Hôtel de Marigny, the Paris residence of Gustave and Cécile de Rothschild, cites the Murillo pendants as “deux portraits allégoriques” [two allegorical portraits] with an estimated value of 30,000 French francs, which hung in the Salon Rouge. RAL, Lafite Papers OE348: Gustave de Rothschild’s will stipulates the division of his collection into four lots for his son Robert, daughter Baronne Lambert, and the children of his deceased children, Lady Sassoon and Baronne Juliette Léonino. The two “allegorical portraits” by Murillo are listed in Lot B.

[3] Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International (MAEDI), La Courneuve, France: MAEDI/209SUP35.45858. Saint Justa is enumerated as no. 40 on the Bedel & Cie. inventory list of Léonino’s property as “une peinture de Murillo/Sainte avec cruche vêtue de jaune” [a painting by Murillo/female saint with a jug dressed in yellow]. The Dienststelle Westen [Western Agency of the ERR] was the Paris-based Nazi looting force headed by Colonel Kurt von Behr, who closely collaborated with Alfred Rosenberg, head of the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR).

[4] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA),, M1943, RG 260/ roll 0019, R 1171. As indicated by the abbreviation “AGK/Dr. B.” on the front side of each of their ERR cards, Saint Justa and Saint Rufina were both with the Arbeitsgruppe Kogl (AGK), the ERR group at Schloss Kogl in Austria, following their confiscation in France.

[5] A 1945 photograph preserved in the Gallery Archives of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., shows Saint Justa on the easel of the Buxheim studio of conservators Otto and Martha Strube-Klein (previously misidentified as the studio of Karl Haberstock).

[6] Saint Justa (no. 40) is listed with its mistranscribed ERR number (R 1121 rather than R 1171) with the description: “Une peinture de Murillo/‘Sainte avec une cruche et un palme’ vêtue de jaune” [A painting by Murillo/female saint with a jug and a palm frond dressed in yellow]. MAEDIS/209SUP393.228 contains the release forms from the Office des biens et Intérêts privés (OBIP [Office for Personal Property and Interests]) signed by Léonino. A more legible copy of the 7 May 1946 restitution list is found in MAEDI/209SUP35.45858.

[7] Correspondence from Diego Angulo Íñiguez to William B. Jordan, 12 January 1973, Meadows Museum Object Files.

[8] Correspondence from Norman Leitman to William B. Jordan, 22 August 2012, Meadows Museum Object Files.

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