Duchess of Cambridge visits Van Dyck self-portrait
The Duchess of Cambridge has visited Van Dyck's stunning final self-portrait, following a five-month extension to the Art Fund's campaign to save the painting for the nation.
The Duchess was given a private view of the portrait with the National Portrait Gallery's Director Sandy Nairne during the gallery's Portrait Gala on 11 February.
Her visit followed the announcement that the Government's export bar on the painting has been extended to July to allow a further five months of fundraising to prevent the portrait going to a private collection abroad.
The National Portrait Gallery was initially given three months to raise the funds to acquire Antony Van Dyck's exceptional 1640-1641 self-portrait. The initial export bar expired on 14 February 2014, but has now been extended to 13 July 2014 after the campaign raised over £3.5m.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: 'The five month extension demonstrates and reflects the incredible support shown towards this most crucial of campaigns. We've seen huge interest and generosity on all fronts. But the job is not yet done, and I'm pleased to announce that we’ve just launched several new social media initiatives – further ways for everyone to show support for the campaign.'
Every donation takes us closer to our target: text VANDYCK to 70800 to give £5, or visit www.savevandyck.org to donate online.