The government of Great Britain imposed a three-month ban on the export of Raphael’s drawing automatic translate
The Renaissance drawing, bought at auction for almost 30 million pounds sterling, is forbidden to leave the UK.
«Head of a Young Apostle», the famous Italian artist Raphael, has been on the territory of Great Britain for almost 300 years.
In recent years, the drawing was in a private collection in Chatsworth House, the estate of the Duke of Devonshire in Derbyshire. In December, at a Sotheby’s auction in London, a foreign buyer paid $ 29.7 million ($ 47.8 million) for the drawing, which is almost three times higher than the estimated value. In addition, this price was a record for the work done on paper, every square inch of the work, thus, costs about 200,000 pounds sterling. Four traders fought for him for 17 minutes. After the decisive bet was made on the phone, the auction hall burst into applause.
On April 3, 2013, the government of Great Britain imposed a three-month ban on exporting the figure, ruling that it has outstanding cultural significance for the country. After such a decision, there was a hope that British museums or galleries would be able to find the necessary means to preserve a work of art for the nation.
«The head of the young apostle» dates back to around 1519 and was made by Raphael in the course of work on the painting «Transfiguration», which remained unfinished due to the death of the great artist. Today the picture is in the exposition of the Vatican Museum.
Minister of Culture Ed Vaizey, who imposed a temporary export ban on the recommendation of the export committee for works of art and objects of cultural interest, said: «I hope that [this] time will be enough to find a buyer inside the country and leave this magnificent example of Raphael’s work for the nation. «
As historians suppose, the drawing belonged to Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel, as early as the beginning of the 17th century and was purchased from him by William Cavendish, the 2nd Duke of Devonshire, about 300 years ago. Currently, the Duke sold it in order to invest the proceeds in the reconstruction of the Chatsworth manor.
The ban on the export of Raphael’s drawing may be extended until January if there is a clear prospect of the appearance of a British buyer. All this time, the «Head of the Apostle» will remain in a specialized repository.
Last year, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford acquired the «Portrait of Mademoiselle Claus» by Edward Manet, so that it would not be sold to a foreign buyer, for 28.4 million pounds sterling.
The masterpiece of the Impressionist, written in 1868, was bought after an eight-month campaign to raise funds. Donations were made by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund and more than 1,000 private individuals.
Now in the UK are considering several opportunities for the purchase of Raphael’s drawing, including through private sale mechanisms.
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