The Jewish Funeral by Magnasco exhibited at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme

1. Presentation of the painting by Magnasco
at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
19 january 2010
Photo : Didier Rykner

21/1/11 – Acquisition and exhibition – Paris, Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme – The painting by Alessandro Magnasco, whose acquisition we announced here (see news item of 15/12/10), was presented on 19 January at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme by the Minister of Culture, Frédéric Mitterand (ill. 1). The Company who acted as patron in entirely funding the purchase of this painting which had been decreed a work of major importance to national heritage [1], chose to remain anonymous. In order to benefit fully from the tax deduction [2], the beneficiary had to be a national museum. The painting was thus bought for the Louvre which immediately placed it on permanent deposit at the MAHJ.

2. Alessandro Magnasco (1667-1749)
The Jewish Funeral
Oil on canvas - 87 x 117 cm
Paris, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
Photo : Galerie Canesso

3. Alessandro Magnasco (1667-1749)
Homage to Pluto
Oil on canvas - 87 x 117 cm
Private collection
Photo : Galerie Canesso

Three other canvases by Magnasco will be exhibited for three weeks alongside The Jewish Funeral (ill. 2) : its companion piece (ill. 3), from a private collection, a painting from the Louvre of comparable size, Bohemian Wedding Banquet, and its companion piece, Bohemian Wedding Procession, held at the Gemäldgalerie in Berlin

Didier Rykner, vendredi 21 janvier 2011


[1] As it only entered France recently, it could not be listed as a national treasure. However, the same tax benefits applied to anyone wishing to acquire it.

[2] 90% of the purchase can be deducted from company taxes.

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