Botticelli on loan to Museu de Belles Arts de València

June 29 2021

Image of Botticelli on loan to Museu de Belles Arts de València

Picture: Museu de Belles Arts de València

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sandro Botticelli's portrait of Michele Marullo Tarcaniota has been put on display in the Museu de Belles Arts de València. The painting has been loaned out to the museum by the Cambó family for a period of three years. It had previously been on display at the Prado in Madrid for two decades.

Visitors to Frieze Masters in London during October 2019 might remember that the painting was offered for sale by Trinity Fine Art for a reported $30m. Although the painting had been declared a national treasure in Spain, reports at the time suggested that an application for an export license would have been required to allow the work to formally leave the country. It seems that a sale did not materialise as it has remained in the family's hands.

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