UK Bars Export of Getty-Coveted Parmigianino

Britain has placed a temporary export bar on Parmigianino's Virgin and Child with Saint Mary Magdalene and the Infant Saint John, a painting the Getty Museum hopes to buy. The bar, through June 9, 2017, will allow a U.K. buyer to match the Getty's price, revealed as £24.5 million ($30.6 million). Needless to say, that's a record for artist, and notable because the painting is technically a work on paper. It's oil on paper laid down on panel.
An export bar is a foregone conclusion with the kind of paintings the Getty buys from the U.K. The question now is whether any British museum or collector is willing to match the price. If there is interest, the bar can be extended another six months, through December 9, 2017.
(Above, the painting when on loan to the Getty in May 2016. Below, via Bendor Grosvenor's Art History News, the painting hanging at its longtime home, Sudeley Castle—"skied" above a door!)


Anonymous said…
It looks like the Pontormo may not be acquired by the UK after all, with the American buyer turning them down because of the falling pound due to Brexit. I wonder if those funds have to be returned or if they can transfer those funds to acquire the Parmigianino. If so, unfortunately, they may have the funds to stop the Parmigianino.
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