Uncommon il Morazzone self-portrait liable to leaving the UK

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portray by Italian painter il Morazzone is liable to leaving the UK except a purchaser is discovered for the £2 million work.

It’s the solely identified surviving self-portrait by the baroque painter, whose actual title was Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli.

The portray, titled Self-Portrait As A Knight, With A horse, An Easel With Painter’s Palette And A Web page, dates again to 1605-10.

A short lived export ban has been positioned on the portray to permit time for a UK gallery or establishment to accumulate it for his or her assortment.

The portray is an instance of Lombard artwork, which has its origins within the northern Italy area through the early seventeenth century and stays a comparatively unexplored area in artwork historical past.

The model of the paintings combines pure realism with intense spirituality and piety.

A piece by il Morazzone is claimed to be uncommon exterior of northern Italy and this portray was presumed misplaced till its look on the London artwork market in 2020.

There are not any important self-portraits by il Morazzone in any public collections within the UK, so this portray is a uncommon treasure

The Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stated the portray has a beneficial price ticket of £2,000,000.

Arts minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay stated: “There are not any important self-portraits by il Morazzone in any public collections within the UK, so this portray is a uncommon treasure.

“I hope {that a} purchaser comes ahead in order that it may be studied and admired on this nation.”

A member of the reviewing committee, Professor Mark Hallett stated: “That is an unusually advanced and interesting image that cries out for additional analysis and evaluation, each as a self-portrait of an essential painter from the interval, and as a piece that illuminates the broader social and cultural dynamics of the seventeenth century Lombardy artwork world.

“The portray, which for a few years was housed in an English household assortment, additionally has the potential to supply new and essential views on the accumulating of Italian Baroque artwork in Britain.”

The choice on the export licence software for the portray will probably be deferred for a interval ending on November 8.

This will probably be adopted by a consideration interval to analyse any provides with the second deferral interval to begin following the signing of an possibility settlement and can final for 4 months.


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