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Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin by Dieric Bouts acquired by the Bowes Museum

A painting by Dieric Bouts has been acquired by the Bowes Museum in County Durham. The Guardian reported today that St. Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child will remain in the UK after the government had an export bar placed on it last November. The privately owned painting was in the collection of the National Trust’s Penrhyn Castle.

The painting came to Penrhyn Castle when Edward, Lord Penrhyn bought it for about £100. In 1899, being in a bad state, it was found necessary to transfer it from panel to canvas, when it was discovered that the picture had been much repaired some time ago, several white patches appearing where the paint had been restored, but the heads and figures and all important parts of the picture were intact.

The plan is for the painting to be scientifically investigated and conserved in a project led by staff at the National Gallery. It will then be displayed at the Bowes, followed by the National Gallery, then York and Bristol. It will then become part of the Bowes permanent collection.

Information from The Guardian and the National Trust website.