Culture Secretary applauds public donations to Brueghel campaign

7 January 2011

The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has given his reaction to the news that our campaign to raise £2.7million to keep The Procession to Calvary at the Nostell Priory in Yorksire has been successful.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “It is fantastic that this important painting will continue to be enjoyed by the British people, in the same setting where it has hung for two centuries. The success of the fundraising campaign, despite the difficult economic climate, shows the importance we attach to great works of art.”

On the high levels of public support that the campaign attracted he added: “The generosity of individual members of the public in donating over £680,000 to save this Brueghel for the nation is especially heartening.”

You can read the Secretary of State's thoughts on the role of the Art Fund and National Trust in gathering public support in his blog post

The painting on display at York Art Gallery until 8 January 2011. It will return to Nostell Priory and be on display from the end of February 2011, when the house opens once again to the public.