Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Follower of

The Adoration of the Magi

c. 1750-1799

Swiss customs stamp (?)

– c. 1920
Adolf Thiem (1832–1923), Berlin, Germany, and San Remo, Italy [1]

Dr. Görges (Dr. Johannes Görges (1859–1946), Dresden, Germany ?) [2]

Private Collection, The Netherlands [3]

– 1949/10/19
Charles Albert de Burlet (1882–1956), Basle, Switzerland [4]

1949/10/19 – 1950/06/14
Schaeffer Galleries (Hanns S. Schaeffer, 1892–1967, and Kate Born Schaeffer, 1898–2000, New York, N.Y., United States, purchased from de Burlet [5]

1950/06/14 –
National Gallery of Canada, purchased from Schaeffer Galleries [6]

[1] Adolph Thiem was a Berlin stockbroker and collector of old master paintings, who retired to San Remo on the Italian Riviera in the 1880s. His consultant in most of his art acquisitions was Wilhelm von Bode, director of the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum in Berlin, who attributed The Adoration of the Magi to Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The Schaeffer Gallery records list the following provenance for the work: “Thiem San Remo; Dr. Görges; Dutch coll.”[Schaeffer Gallery records, 1–599, stock inventory number 1362, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles]

[2] See note [1]. Görges can possibly be identified with the physicist Dr. Johannes Görges (1859–1946) from Dresden, Germany.

[3] See note [1].

[4] The Schaeffer Gallery records note that the painting was purchased from de Burlet in Basle on October 19, 1949, on Wilhelm von Bode's advice [GRI, Schaeffer Gallery records, see note 1]. De Burlet was active as an art dealer from 1900–1950. Of Dutch descent, he was trained in Leipzig and opened his own art gallery in Berlin in 1910. In 1933/34 he moved his business to Basel.

[5] See note [4]. Accession log [NGC curatorial file].

[6] See note [5].

Follower of
The Adoration of the Magi
c. 1750-1799
oil on canvas
56.8 x 44.6 cm
Credit line
Purchased 1950
Accession number

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