Madame la Baronne Nicole De Bellissen, Toulouse (according to information provided by the current owner).
This composition derives from a print by Hans (or Jan) Collaert the Elder, dated 1555, after Lambert Lombard (Hollstein no. 23), leaving out some figural groups like that of God the Father in the central sky area. Some figures are based on those of Raphael's cartoons for the tapestry series 'Acts of the Apostles' and those for the 'Scuola Nuova'.
The actual painting is more tonal and contrastful than the catalog would suggest.
The canvas has been relined (glue). The painting seems to be nicely preserved. An old repaired tear is visible near the right edge in the center at ca. 3 cm to the left of the woman with a red veil. A small paint loss lower left, at ca. 1 cm below tree trunk, another small paint loss can be observed near the child sitting on her mother leg in the right corner. Some rather crude retouchings are visible in the tree area upper right. Some retouched paint losses are visible around the edges and some retouchings are visible in the sky area and scattered throughout. Some thinness can be seen in the darker parts of the composition. The painted surface is covered with a fine craquelure pattern. The varnish layer is dirty and discolored, and shows some surface dirt.
Under the UV light
The varnish layer fluoresces largely, showing minor surface dirt and scattered retouchings throughout.
Offered with a gold painted wooden frame. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."