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Stasha asked this question on the artcone forums: When Â£11.5m was granted by the Heritage Lottery Fund last year to save Raphael’s Madonna of the Pinks for the country, a collective sigh of relief was breathed.
But now there is a sense of deja vu as another gem of the National Gallery’s collection, also on long-term loan, is put up for sale on the open market after a bid to keep it failed to satisfy the painting’s owner, the Earl of Halifax.But this time, according to the National Gallery’s director, Charles Saumarez Smith, informal discussions with the lottery fund about garnering funds to buy Titian’s Portrait of a Young Man have been discouraging. “It is a fact that the HLF regards acquisition of works of art as a low priority,” he told the Guardian.
If, as is feared, the claims of the Titian fall on deaf ears at the fund, so recently after its huge grant, the tantalising question arises: did the gallery back the wrong horse by saving the Raphael?
The expert consensus is that the Titian is the better painting, one that, according to Tim Knox, director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, “no civilised nation should allow to leave the country”.
According to Dr Saumarez Smith, however, choosing his fight was never an option, since the sale of the Titian was raised only in the closing stages of negotiations for the Raphael, and there was always a “great risk” that other wealthy aristocrats with paintings on long-term loan to the gallery might be tempted to sell after the precedent was set by the Duke of Northumberland’s sale of Madonna of the Pinks.
“It’s a judgment of Solomon,” he said. “There’s an enormously important Raphael that I was delighted to keep, and there’s an enormously important Titian I would be very sad to lose.
“You can’t always defer buying something because something more important might come up … You buy what you can when you can.”
Professor Paul Hills, a Titian expert at the Courtauld Institute in London, refused to be drawn on whether the Titian had superior claims, saying: “I’m delighted that they managed to acquire Madonna of the Pinks, because that too is a jewel of a work.” He described the Titian, painted between 1515 and 1520, as a “quiet, enigmatic work”.
It has emerged that a deal may have been been frustratingly close to being struck. Experts, including figures from the art dealer Agnews and auctioneer Christie’s, reportedly attached to the painting a gross value of Â£66.5m. The joint offer made by the National Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery is understood to have been the equivalent of Â£55m, after the inclusion of tax breaks.
“A cheque for Â£5m … could have this settled in 24 hours,” a source close to the negotiations between the earl and the galleries told the London Evening Standard.
The lottery fund was keen to point out yesterday that every application for money was assessed on its own merits and, according to a spokeswoman, “not decided in terms of what we have done over the past few years”.
The galleries receive no money for acquisitions from the government, but the National Gallery has an endowment set up by Sir Paul Getty Jnr in 1985 that yields about Â£3m per year.
Grimmy asked this question on the artcone forums: Mart (34) combines all possible pairs of letters from the Latin alphabet. Mart paints the resulting 676 possible compositions from AA to ZZ onto 30 by 30-centimeter canvases. These one-of-a-kinds are available exclusively from the internet. The owners of the pictures then comprise a community and can publish a photo of themselves with their picture on the site at “artinitials.com”.
Letter duos against a white background
Each letter-pair exists only once â€“ its portrait is a one-ofa-kind. Mart paints a letter pair from AA to ZZ on 676 30-by-30-centimeter, white-primed canvases â€“ all in the same font and size. Internet users can order their selected letter pair in the colors, navy blue, midnight black, or Kashmir beige at www.artinitials.com.
Jake asked this question on the artcone forums: have a painting of his would like to know more about him
anim8it asked this question on the artcone forums: I can deal with a Da Vinci Code conspiracy picture with Magdeline labled– I can easily figure out who that apostle is commonly thought to be; I just want to know who everyone else in the picture is! Thanks in advance!
Jeff asked this question on the artcone forums: Okay, since the forums seem to be rather inactive lately, I decided to let you all know that I will be getting a Dell 20Gig MP3 Player. For only $212 that’s purdy crazy. It looks purdy, too. They changed the look so it’s a lot better looking than the old ones.