The Tate finally purchases Rubens study for Banqueting Hall

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
The Apotheosis of Jacques the First
Oil on panel - 95 x 63.1 cm
Londres, Tate Gallery
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10/10/08 — Acquisition — London, Tate Gallery — Our readers may remember that the Tate Gallery had attempted to save Rubens study for Banqueting Hall from being exported after having been exhibited at the National Gallery since 1981 (see news item of 12/07/08). Its presence at the Tate was justified as the work was painted in England.

Thanks to a last minute gesture from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Tate Members and the Art Fund, who contributed even further to the fundraising drive which ended 30 September, the canvas was finally acquired by the museum.
The goal of the drive, which was launched by the Tate last 30 March, was to collect 6 million pounds, the price of the study after the tax deductions granted to the seller.
This welcome news should not overshadow the tremendous challenge now facing the United Kingdom : keeping the Titians from the Duke of Sutherland’s collection (see news item of 12/07/08).

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 10 octobre 2008

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