Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Rembrandt Laughing

Culture tzar Ed Vaizey has refused to allow the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to take Rembrandt's Rembrandt Laughing (c. 1628) out of the UK until 15 October. He hopes this will give enough time for a British buyer to raise the £16.5m needed to save it for the nation (CLICK). Why bother? This isn't British heritage; it's Dutch heritage. Let's keep the £16.5m and use it to save some British heritage from being lost. British masterpieces are vanishing every time there's another auction in the UK.


At 19/7/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

Didn't we almost lose a Constable last year? Far worse. It is important to have paintings by many different artists but as you say it is more important to keep our own national treasures.

At 19/7/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Yup: John Constable's Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows (1831).


Tate Britain paid £23.1m for it earlier this year, probably because it was previously owned by Lord Ashton of Hyde! A me lord makes all the difference to our art establishment. If it was owned by a lord, it must be worth keeping for the nation. Historic, you see!


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