15th century masterpiece to remain in UK thanks to lottery funding

A 15th century painting by ‘one of the leading and most influential painters’ of the golden age of Flemish art has been secured for the nation thanks to private donors and a £1.99 million contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Last November, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed a temporary export bar on ‘St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child’ by Dieric Bouts the Elder. It had formed part of the collection of the Penhryn Castle, a National Trust property in Gwynedd, Wales and was due to be sold to a foreign buyer. Following the advice of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest (RCEWA), which is administered by Arts Council England, the government deferred an export licence to allow time for a UK buyer to match the asking price of £3.3 million.  Continue reading