National Gallery acquires Cavallino

February 1 2023

Image of National Gallery acquires Cavallino

Picture: Sotheby's

The National Gallery in London has announced its acquisition of a Saint Bartholomew by Bernardo Cavallino. It was sold last week at Sotheby's in New York, from the Fisch Davidson collection, for $3.9m. Personally, I'd have bought the Van Dyck of St Jerome if I was in the market for naked old saint; I suspect the Cavallino is very much in the Director's taste. But the main thing is, it's good to see the NG bidding for important pictures at auction like this. Here's the Sotheby's catalogue entry. There's no press release or further information on the NG site. 

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