Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Adoration of the shepherds

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Aanbidding der herders

Adoration of the shepherds

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (School of Dirck Barendsz)
Title
Adoration of the shepherds
Year
1550-99
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
205 x 142 cm
Inventorynumber
SK-A-3460
Category
Paintings

Museum

Rijksmuseum

Conclusion

Since it is unclear how, when, and from whom Hans Alfred Wetzlar acquired this painting, its provenance is uncertain. This painting was part of his collection until 1943. 

Explanation

H.A.Wetzlar sometimes helped Jewish relations by buying objects from them, paying in cash. Because this painting was donated to rather than acquired by a museum the situation is less alarming. 

Reconstruction origin

? <> ?
Unknown, Paris

Inventory card

? <> 1943-07
Hans Alfred Wetzlar (collection), Amsterdam

Inventory card

1943-07
Donated to the museum by H.A. Wetzlar

Inventory card

1943-07 <> present day
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam