Save Van Dyck appeal receives major boost
- National Gallery
- 26 March 2014
Van Dyck's final self-portrait has been offered to the National Portrait Gallery for £10m.
The Art Fund and the National Portrait Gallery are pleased to announce that the campaign to save Van Dyck’s self-portrait for the nation has received a significant boost. The National Portrait Gallery now has the opportunity to purchase the work for £10m. This follows consultation with the various authorities and the withdrawal of the application for an export licence for the painting.
This new offer gives the Save Van Dyck campaign, which originally needed to raise £12.5m, an improved chance of ensuring that this great portrait remains on public display for ever.
To date the campaign has raised £3.6m, with contributions made by more than 8,000 members of the public. The campaign has until 20 July to raise the remaining funds.
Stephen Deuchar (Director, The Art Fund) and Sandy Nairne (Director National Portrait Gallery) said, 'Following this turn of events we are grateful for this helpful development, which now offers a better chance for this special painting to be acquired for the nation and shared with everyone.'
Visit savevandyck.org to learn more about the campaign.