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Artist NameAdriaan de Weerdt (Brussels 1500 - 1600 Cologne)
TitleThe Purification of the Virgin
Date of Artworkbefore 1573
MediumPen, brush and brown ink, with brown, grey and yellow washes with white heightening, used with oil binder, on beige colored paper, indented for transfer
Size9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in. • 242 x 195 mm
Framed Dimensions18 x 16 in. • 45.7 x 40.6 cm


Sotheby's, London, 13 December 1966, lots 108-111;
Peter Claas, London, 1967;
Private collection, Hergiswil, Switzerland;
Phillips, London, 17 April 1996, lot 120 (The Purification of the Virgin);
Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013), Princeton, NJ (The Purification of the Virgin), by whom sold ;
Christie's, London, 30 September 2014, lot 272 (The Purification of the Virgin as attributed to de Weerdt);
Private collection, The Netherlands


Ilja M. Veldman, De wereld tussen goed en kwaad. Late prenten van Coornhert, The Hague 1990, p. 19, fig. VI, fn. 39 (The Visitation) 

Hessel Miedema, ed., Karel van Mander. The Lives of the Illustrious Netherlandish and German Painters, Doornspijk 1996, Vol. III, p. 209, fn. 41

Hollstein’s Dutch & Flemish etchings, engravings and woodcuts 1450-1700, Vol. LI, Rotterdam 1998, pp. 220-221

Ilja M. Veldman, “Tekeningen van Adriaan de Weert”, Delineavit et Sculpsit, December 2017, No. 42, pp. 2-22, ill. 4, 5, 8, 12, p. 5</p

Exhibition History

London, Alpine Club Gallery, Drawings by five centuries, 15-27 May 1967, no. 96

Düsseldorf, Galerie Sabrina Förster, Sammlung Pieter de Boer: holländische und italienische Meisterzeichnungen, 15.-19. Jahrhundert, Spring 1993, 3, pp. 12-13, ill. (The Presentation in the Temple)

Warsaw, Zamek Królewski, The Masters of drawings. Drawings from Barbara Piasecka Johnson collection, 4 December 2010 – 6 February 2011, pp. 176-177, ill. (The Presentation in the Temple as The Purification of the Virgin)</p