Rennes Launches a Fundraiser to Purchase a Ribera

Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652)
Saint Jude Thaddée, c. 1609-1610
Oil on Canvas - 111.2 x 88.6 cm
Fundraiser in progress
Photo : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes

15/9/13 - Fundraiser - Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes has launched a fundraiser, from 15 September to 31 December 2013, a public appeal in order to acquire a painting by Jusepe de Ribera which resurfaced last year in an exhibition organized by the Tarantino Gallery in Paris where it is now on offer (see our article where we reproduced the work). It represents Saint Judeas Thaddeus as seen in the ribbon at the bottom foreground.

The whereabouts of this canvas, residing in the same location since the 19th century, were unknown until recently but documented since it is part of an Apostolado (a series of thirteen paintings representing Christ and the Apostles), of which other elements had reappeared over the past few years. On 26 March 2012 at Drouot, the Louvre had pre-empted a Saint John Evangelist belonging to this ensemble (see news item of 27/3/12). There exists yet another Apostles series, of larger size and produced later according to Gianni Papi, of which eleven out of the thirteen paintings are known (one from a photograph).

Since her arrival as the new curator at the head of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Anne Dary has worked hard at reviving this establishment, initiating various projects and acquisitions.
This fundraiser also marks the creation of an endowment fund for the museum. This non-profit entity makes it easier and faster to launch this type of operation without having to go through the municipal budget. The donations (or bequests) received via the endowment can be alloted directly to specific museum acquisitions or else be invested. Eventually, the museum might wish to create a club of business patrons which would contribute regularly to the fund.

This Saint Judas Thaddeus will round out the Caravaggesque section which already holds three works by Matthias Stomer, the Newborn by Georges de La Tour (if one were to accept the description of Caravaggesque for him) and Luca Giordano’s The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence which also shows strong influences by Ribera. It will fill a gap at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes which until now did not exhibit any paintings from the Spanish school [1]. Furthermore, we should point out that the Christ in this Apostolado also resides in Brittany, in the church of Nivillac. The museum is planning an exhibition on this series, thus assembling temporarily all of the known elements.

The painting is being sold for 300,000€ and the museum would like to raise 50,000€ to complete the amount. Besides the usual tax deduction measures ensuing from this type of contribution, donors will also benefit from such advantages as free admission, private guided visits, exhibition catalogues, special evenings... More information can be found on this site.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 20 septembre 2013


[1] Although Ribera is as Italian as he is Spanish, when judging his artistic itinerary.

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