U.K. Bars Export of Getty's $10 Million Rubens
In February the U.K. placed a similar bar on a John Martin watercolor. Most of the works in the Getty acquisition had not been in Britain long enough to require export licenses and are now on view together at the Getty Center, though April 22.
Despite the Rubens drawing's seven-figure price tag, the artist didn't spend much for materials. The support is repurposed ledger paper. The vertical "stripes" in the man's robe are an Italian accountant's neat handwriting.