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The House-Museum of Rubens received a recently discovered portrait by Van Dyck

The policy of valuable acquisitions conducted by the Rubens House-Museum in Antwerp brought another surprise. Now visitors to the gallery can admire the recently discovered unique work by Anthony van Dyck. This is a sketch for the portrait, recognized as an original in one of the episodes of the British reality show "Antique Tours".The Rubens House has received for permanent use the most valuable discovery made over the entire period of the television program.Sketch for the portrait of a member of the Brussels Magistrate Antonis van DijkXVII century

The history of the sketch began in 2013 with a priest from the British county of Derbyshire Jamie MacLeod. The TV program experts on the BBC announced the portrait, bought by him for 500 euros, as the original by Anthony Van Dyck.

The sketch, estimated at 500 thousand euros, was bought by the Prince of Liechtenstein, and MacLeod spent the money received to purchase new bells for his church. Now the director of the House-Museum of Rubens persuaded the monarch to give the treasure to a long-term rental gallery. From November 18, the 400-year-old painting is on display in the public. One of the seven elders (members of the magistrate) of Brussels is depicted on the canvas. This is a preliminary sketch for a group portrait of the “fathers of the city”, destroyed during the French bombardment of the Belgian capital in 1695. All that remains of this picture is a general sketch and four preparatory sketches with the heads of the elders. One of them is now on display at Rubens House, the other two are owned by the Ashmola Museum in Oxford, and the latter is in a private collection.
  • Sketch for a group portrait from the Museum Ashmola
  • Sketch for a group portrait from a private collection
Recall that in the spring of this year, the Dutch declared that “Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people who exists in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read more of the young girl ”, whose value is not recognized by the Metropolitan Museum in New York, was the original Rubens. The canvas probably depicts the painter’s daughter, Clara Serena.Portrait of Clara SerenaPeter Paul Rubens1623, 35.6 × 26 cmThe gallery also received a picture for long-term use. It became part of the exposition “Rubens's Personal Life: The Master Depicts the Family”, which was held in the Artist’s House Museum from March to June 2015. According to the materials of the official website of the Rubens House Museum and artdaily.com