GENEROUS AMERICAN ENABLES ANCIENT PAINTING TO STAY IN BRITAIN

Jul 29, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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A medieval panel by Italian painter Giovanni de Rimini will be staying in England – thanks to the generosity of an American businessman and philanthropist.

Lauder and saints painting

“Scenes From The Lives Of The Virgin And Other Saints” was painted around 1300 – and was in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland at Alnwick Castle until 2014.

The rare work was sold at auction – but a temporary export ban was instituted.

American Ronald S. Lauder provided the $10 million to enable Britain’s National Gallery to buy the work.

That means the ancient panel will be loaned to Lauder during his lifetime – but will return regularly to the National Gallery up until 2017 – and then once every three years after that.

Upon Lauder’s passing. the painting will return to the National Gallery forever.

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