• Short Summary

    ONE OF BRITAINS MAJOR ART TREASURES - LEONARDO DA VINCI'S CARTOON "THE VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH ST.

  • Description

    ONE OF BRITAINS MAJOR ART TREASURES - LEONARDO DA VINCI'S CARTOON "THE VIRGIN AND CHILD WITH ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST AND ST.ANNE" WAS SHOWN TO NEWSMEN IN LONDON, MAR 30, BEFORE IT GOES ON SHOW IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY THE FOLLOWING DAY TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR AN APPEAL BEING LAUNCHED TO SAVE THE WORK FOR THE NATION.

    THE CARTOON HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE ROYAL ACADEMY ANNOUNCED THEY WERE GOING TO AUCTION THE PICTURE "TO MEET INCREASING COSTS". MEMBERS OF THE ACADEMY DECIDED TO PART WITH IT SO THEY COULD REMAIN ENTIRELY SELF-SUPPORTING. THIS SET UP AN OUTCRY FROM ART LOVERS. SINCE 1768, THE ACADEMY HAS BEEN FINANCED FROM THE PROFITS EARNED FROM ITS EXHIBITIONS, WITHOUT SUBSIDY OR GRANT FROM THE STATE.

    ORGANISERS OF THE APPEAL HAVE UNTIL THE END OF JULY TO RAISE THE PURCHASE PRICE OF GBP800,000 SET BY THE ACADEMY. IF THE MONEY IS NOT FORTHCOMING BY THEN, THE AUCTION WILL GO AHEAD. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE A SUBSTANTIAL DONATION TO THE APPEAL FUND.

    THE CARTOON IS A FULL-SCALE STUDY FOR THE PAINTING OF THE SAME SUBJECT NOW IN THE LOUVRE MUSEUM, PARIS, FRANCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2V900WICMH0R4474RIRFBQNL5
    Media URN:
    VLVA2V900WICMH0R4474RIRFBQNL5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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