New acquisitions at the Met

August 4 2014

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A reader alerts me to three recent acquisitions at the Metropolitan Museum in New York: above is a Portrait of a Woman by Giovanni Battista Gaulli, which sold at Sotheby's in New York in January for $569,000; a c.1650 Saint Francis in Ecstasy by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was, it seems from the credit line, bought in a part-exchange; while Pedro Orrente's c.1625/30 Crucifixion was acquired with funds from Sotheby's head of Old Masters in New York, George Wachter, so good for him.

Update - a reader writes:


Re your Aug. 4 post on the Met's Portrait of a Woman by Il Baciccio:  the Met's website gives the following information:   Gift of Álvaro Saieh Bendeck, Jean-Luc Baroni, and Fabrizio Moretti, in honor of Keith Christiansen, 2014.

I wonder if giftors ask Keith for guidance before they "shop."  Does he have a registry?


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