Giovanni di Rimini’s Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin bought for the nation
Giovanni di Rimini’s Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and Other Saints has been purchased for London’s National Gallery by philanthropist Ronald S Lauder.
He paid £4.3m ($7.6m) for the work at Sotheby’s last year.
The painting dates to the early 14th century and shows the development of the Western painting tradition.
Sir Nicholas Penny, director of the National Gallery, said: “We are very grateful to Mr Lauder. He has helped us to find an imaginative way of sharing this rare and exquisite painting.
“His generous gift to the National Gallery, to the British public and to all visitors to this great collection is an act of extraordinary generosity.”
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