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Catalog Number 2008.71.688
Object Name Painting
Description 9.8125 in H x 9.75 in W watercolor painting of the Cathedral Of Vergine Maria Santissima Assunta in Cielo in Palermo, Italy. Painting is entitled "Palermo." The painting depicts an entrance to the cathedral with a crowd of people in front of it. Three men stand in the foreground: one to the left who is holding purple and pink balloons, and two men to the right who are in uniform. Palm trees and clouds complete the scene.

This painting was completed by Hermann Hirsch (b. June 4, 1861, d. March 1, 1934) between 1885 and 1910. He signed the painting "H.H" in pencil on the front, bottom, right corner. Additionally marked on the back of the painting is a series of computations.
Title Palermo
Artist Hermann Hirsch
Medium Watercolor Paint
Source Hirt/Hirsch Family Estate
Provenance Hermann Hirsch (b. June 4, 1861, d. March 1, 1934) was a German-Jewish painter known for his portraits and landscapes. Hirsch studied at The Academy of Arts of Berlin starting in 1881. His last known painting was completed in 1933. Hirsch committed suicide the following year on March 1.

Most of Hirsch's work made it out of Germany with his relatives. This painting was given to Hirsch's niece, Susanne Hirt. The painting was given to the Museum as part of her estate.
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