Artist Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Italian, 1665-1747
  • The Mission
Date ca. 1710
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Overall: 20 15/16 × 24 15/16 inches (53.2 × 63.4 cm)
Framed: 24 3/4 × 28 7/8 × 2 1/2 inches (62.9 × 73.3 × 6.4 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Jacob Heimann
Accession Number 38.88
Department European Painting
Not On View
ca. 1928, Marchese Zacchia Rondanini collection (Bologna, Italy);
by 1935 (Carlo Foresti, Milan, Italy);
1938, (Jacob Heimann, Milan, Italy and New York, New York, USA);
1938-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Dedalo, vol. 1. 1921, p. 654, p. 587 (repr.).

Valeri, F. M. "Palazzi e Ville Bolognese. Il Palazzo Zacchia Rondanini Reggiani," Cronache d’Arte, vol. 5, no. 3 (May-June 1928): p. 215, (fig. 8).

Mostra del Settecento Bolognese. Exh. cat., Palazzo Comunale. Bologna, 1935, p. 11, cat. 25, [lent by Carlo Foresti, Milan (dated "verso 1710", cat. by Roberto Longhi)].

Rathbone, P.T. "’The Jesuit Mission’ by Giuseppe Maria Crespi," Bulletin of the DIA 18, no. 4 (January 1939): pp. 4-6, (repr.).

Three Baroque Masters: Strozzi, Crespi, Piazzetta. Exh. cat., Baltimore Museum of Art, City Art Museum. Baltimore, St. Louis, 1944, p. 31, no. 20, (repr.) [intro. by H. Teitz].

Richardson, E.P., ed. DIA Catalogue of Paintings, 2nd ed. Detroit, 1944, p. 33, no. 495 [dates picture to ca. 1712, and shortly before the Seven Sacraments].

Merriman, M. P. The Paintings of Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Ph.D. diss., Columbia University. 1968, cat. 224, (fig. 142).

Fredericksen, B. and F. Zeri. Census of pre-19th century Italian paintings in North American collections. Cambridge, 1972, p. 59.

Merriman, M. P. Giuseppe Maria Crespi. Milan, 1980, pp. 124, 313-16, cat. 276, (repr.).

Merriman, M. P. "Comedy, Reality and the Development of Genre Painting in Italy," in Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the Emergence of Genre Painting in Italy, John T. Spike, ed. Exh. cat., Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth, September 20-December 7, 1986, p. 49 [not in the exhibition, but mentioned in the essay].

Giuseppe Maria Crespi, 1665-1747. Exh. cat., Staatsgallerie, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Pushkin Museum. Stuttgart, Bologna, Moscow, December 14, 1990 - February 17, 1991, p. 470 [entry by Marion Keiner, who references Detroit version of "Mission" to Heidelberg version], p. 480.

Jesuit Art In North American Collections. Exh. cat., Marquette University, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art. Milwaukee, 1991, cat. 4, p. 35, (repr.) [entry prepared by J. Patrice Marandal].

Bissell, R. W., A. Derstine, and D. Miller. Masters of Italian Baroque Painting: The Detroit Institute of Arts. London, 2005, pp. 9, 60-62, cat. no. 19 [entry by A. Derstine].