Help us save important Brueghel painting for Nostell Priory

  • 29 September 2010

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The Procession to Calvary by Pieter Brueghel the Younger is the star attraction at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire, owned by the National Trust since 1954, where it has hung for over 200 years. However the painting has just been put up for sale.

We’ve given the campaign an initial boost with a £500,000 grant. Together with the National Trust, we’re campaigning to raise funds and ensure that this great work will remain accessible to the public.

Completed in 1602, and amongst Brueghel the Younger’s finest works, The Procession to Calvary shows Christ carrying the cross on the way to his crucifixion. He is surrounded by over two hundred figures in a vibrant narrative, set in a contemporary Flemish landscape.

The painting includes a host of carefully observed individual portraits: religious figures, peasants, children, animals, gentry and soldiers. 

Although there is £500,000 in the pot, we still need to raise a further £2.7 million in order to secure the painting’s future.

Our director, Stephen Deuchar, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with the National Trust for this major appeal, and are pleased to announce we are kick-starting the appeal with a £500,000 grant.  Raising money to save works of art sits at the heart of what the Art Fund is all about – and we very much urge all art lovers and those who have a fondness for Nostell to donate to this campaign and ensure that this remarkable painting remains where it belongs – for all to enjoy."

Support has already come flooding in fromYorkshiremen Sir Michael Parkinson, Ian McMillan and Dickie Bird, from the Archbishop of York, and artists Maggi Hambling and Howard Hodgkin.

To enable as many people as possible to see The Procession to Calvary during the fundraising campaign, the painting will be displayed in London, at the National Gallery from 5 October – 9 November 2010, and then at the York Art Gallery from 18 November until Christmas.

Please click here to find out more about this wonderful painting and to donate. Ends

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