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National Gallery acquires Saint Bartholomew by Bernardo Cavallino

Now on view in the National Gallery, London The National Gallery purchased the life-size painting of Saint Bartholomew by Bernardo Cavallino at Sotheby’s New York back in January 2023 from the Fisch Davidson collection – one of the most important collections of Baroque art ever to appear on the market. The cost was $3.9 million (hammer $3.2m).…

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Rijksmuseum Acquires Four Silver Salt Cellars by Johannes Lutma

After WW2 Restitution Process The Rijksmuseum has purchased four outstanding silver salt cellars made by the renowned Amsterdam silversmith Johannes Lutma. These partially gilded objects are among the most important examples of 17th-century Dutch silversmithing. Costly cellars of this kind would stand on the tables for important banquets given by wealthy merchants and art lovers,…

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Mauritshuis Acquires Painting by Adriaen Brouwer

“Superbia” or “Vanity”, c.1635 The Mauritshuis has acquired a unique painting by the Flemish artist Adriaen Brouwer (c.1605 – 1638). It is a rare representation of the Latin concept of “Superbia”, which means pride or vanity. Superbia depicts a man curling his moustache with a pair of scissors. The acquisition originally belonged to a series…

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