The Sedgwick Collection of Old Master Paintings
Acquired by the AD&A Museum in 1960, the Mr. and Mrs. Francis Minturn Sedgwick Collection represents one of the earliest bequests to the Fine Arts Collection with its stated goal of establishing a university museum “comparable to the FitzWilliam Museum at Cambridge and the Fogg Museum at Harvard.” A businessman and sculptor in his own right, Mr. Sedgwick donated twenty canvases by French, Italian, Dutch, Flemish and German artists of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries, including the striking Renaissance work Portrait of an Infanta by Juan de Flandes, a Flemish artist active in Spain from 1496-1516. The Sedgwick Collection affords visitors the opportunity to experience Renaissance and Baroque paintings in an intimate setting whereby regional developments in style and subject matter can be compared. In addition, the Sedgwick Collection belongs to the artistic heritage of Santa Barbara. Active in banking, ranching and the arts, Francis Sedgwick’s significant contributions to UC Santa Barbara include his donation of what amounted in 1967 to the largest single private gift in the history of the University. Mr. Sedgwick was instrumental in bringing the Morgenroth Collection of Renaissance Medals and Plaquettes to its home at the AD&A Museum.
The Sedgwick Collection of Old Master Paintings
Bellini, Giovanni (Attributed to)
Virgin and Child Before a Landscape, 15th C. Oil on panel, 39 1/8 x 30 3/4 x 7 3/4" Oil on panel painting enclosed within a raised altar. The Virgin Mary is clothed in a blue-green robe looking over the baby Jesus positioned on a red…
Da Treviso The Elder, Girolamo (Attributed to)
Virgin and Child with Two Saints, 2nd half 15th C. Oil on panel, 41 3/4 x 30 1/2 x 7 5/8" The lattice structure seen on the back of this painting is known as a cradle. It is made of slats of wood adhered to the back of the panel in the…
Master of the Investiture of St. Ildefonso
Adoration of the Magi, late 15th c. Oil on panel, 22 5/8 x 18 3/4 x 2" Oil on panel painting of the Adoration of the Magi which includes three kings (Magi) presenting gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby jesus whom they found by…
DAVID, Gerard, Studio of
Lamentation, late 15th C./early 16th C. Oil on panel, 19 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 2 3/8" Oil on panel painting of the Lamentation which is a very common subject in Christian art from the High Middle Ages to the Baroque. After Jesus was crucified, his body…
PSEUDO PIER FRANCESCO FIORENTINO
Virgin and Child, mid 15th c. Tempera on panel, 39 1/2 x 29 3/4 x 5 1/2" The inscriptions on the backs of paintings can be deceptive. The handwritten notation in ink on the verso of this painting cites the date, 1460, and attributes the…
MASTER OF THE FORTIES
Portrait of a member of the Antwerp family De Deckere, aged 62Oil on panel, 28 7/16 x 25 x 2 3/4"This artist is called Master of the ‘40s because most of his paintings are dated to the 1540’s such as this work dated to 1544. He worked mainly in…
FLANDES, Juan de
Portrait of an Infanta, 15th C. Oil on panel, 18 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 1 3/4" The labels affixed to this work provide a history of where the painting was displayed. The red starburst label indicates that this painting was available for purchase at the…
BRUYN THE ELDER, Barthel
Portrait of an Elderly Woman, 1544Oil on panel, 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 1/2" Oil on panel painting of an elderly woman. She is wearing traditional dress including a veiled cap and is holding rosary beads.
Follower of Perugino
Scenes From the Life of Nicholas Tolentino,15th C. Oil on panel, 19 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 2 3/8" Nicholas Tolentino was a 13th century Italian priest who was canonized in 1446 by Pope Eugene IV. Known for his eloquence, he was believed to have performed…
Still Life with Fruit and Insects, 1649 Oil on panel, 18 1/4 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/8" Flemish oil painting of a still life with fruit and insects; butterflies at upper left with seeded fruit and nuts in foreground.
Still live with Fruit and Insects, 1649 Oil on panel, 18 1/4 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/8" Flemish oil painting of a still life with fruit and insects; butterflies at upper left with seeded fruit and nuts in foreground.
German or Flemish
Portrait of a Woman, 16th C. Oil on panel, 18 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 2 5/8" German or Flemish oil painting of a fully clothed female clasping her hands in front. Her dress reflects layering of an undergament with outer dress and the wearing of a black hood…
Portrait of a Man, mid 16th C. Oil on panel, 18 7/8 x 16 1/8 x 2 5/8" The backs of paintings may often disclose information about a work’s provenance, or history of ownership. Here, the labels show that this painting by an unknown German artist,…
Italian or French
Portrait of Christiana, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, ca. 1589 Oil on panel, 34 3/4 x 29 x 4 5/8 Oil on panel painting of the Portrait of Christina, Grand Duchess of Tuscany. She is wearing traditional Elizabethan dress embellished with gold buttons,…
Landscape with Soldiers before a Market, mid 17th C. Oil on panel, 21 x 23 1/4 x 2" Oil on panel painting of an open air market; soldiers fill the image with horses parked at center.
DUJARDIN, Karel (Attributed to)
Landscape with Horsemen, 17th C. Oil on panel, 24 x 23 1/2 x 2 3/4" Oil on panel painting of a landscape with a horseman positioned on top of a small hill overlooking a river; rolling hills in background.
RUISDAEL, Jacob van
The Gnarled Oak, 17th C. Oil on canvas, 27 5/8 x 33 1/8 x 2" This work was given to Mr. and Mrs. Sedgwick by Robert W. de Forest, the former President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Mrs. Sedgwick’s uncle.
Riverscape, 17th C. Oil on panel, 18 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 2 7/8" Oil on panel frame which was either partially or fully removed. This could suggest that the frame was repurposed. Barely discernable are numbers and letters, including a typewritten…
HONDECOETER, Melchior de
Landscape with Birds, 17th C. Oil on canvas, 65 1/2 x 71 1/4 x 2 7/8" Large oil on canvas painting with a standing pelican at left; multiple ducks and birds populate the lower foreground and upper background
Portrait of a Woman, 17th C. Oil on panel, 28 11/16 x 27 x 3" Oil on panel painting of a Dutch female wearing the traditional dress of the 17th Dutch . This includes a white linen diadem cap with white bobbin lace edging; a huge ruff which is…