• The Outdated Grasp portray, from the peak of Liss’s profession, has been valued at £5.6 million

An export bar has been issued for Johann Liss’s ‘The Temptation of Mary Magdalene’ in a bid to give you the alternative for a UK gallery to procure it. 

Johann Liss (c. 1595-1631) used to be one of the vital main painters within the Baroque taste and a significant power within the re-energisation of Venetian portray. 

The paintings, valued at £5.6 million, depicts Mary Magdalene turning clear of a determine providing symbols of earthly riches against an angel, in an ambiguous illustration of the typical theme of vice as opposed to distinctive feature. 

Even if this portray has been in the United Kingdom for over 250 years, ‘The Temptation of Mary Magdalene’ used to be now not recognized to students till 1994 and had now not been exhibited publicly earlier than that point. 

Because of his dying on the age of 36 in 1631, there are only a few surviving works finished by way of Liss, making this paintings an extraordinary instance. The portray prone to export demonstrates Liss’s robust command of unique composition and distinct painterly talent. The paintings combines parts of each Northern and Southern Ecu Baroque portray, appearing the affect of predecessors akin to Rubens, Caravaggio and Titian. 

The verdict follows the recommendation of the Reviewing Committee at the Export of Works of Artwork and Items of Cultural Passion (RCEWA). The committee famous that the portray may well be regarded as “Liss’s masterpiece.” 

Committee Member Christopher Baker mentioned:

Johann Liss’s dramatic portray is a impressive, dynamic learn about of the combat between distinctive feature and vice. This complicated and really uncommon paintings attracts on Baroque artwork from northern and southern Europe to create an entirely unique synthesis, by which the artist’s fluid, painterly talents are brilliantly demonstrated.

The ‘Temptation of Mary Magdalene’ has the extra pastime of being a portray that has been in Britain because the mid-eighteenth century. As a piece of atypical attractiveness with a captivating historical past, its export would constitute a profound loss.

The RCEWA made its advice at the grounds of the portray’s significance for the learn about of the paintings of Johann Liss and his operating practices.

The verdict at the export licence software for the portray can be deferred till 24 February 2020. This can be prolonged till 24 August 2020 if a major goal to boost price range to buy it’s made on the really helpful worth of £5,665,200 plus VAT of £173,040.

Provides from public our bodies for lower than the really helpful worth in the course of the personal treaty sale preparations, the place suitable, will also be regarded as. Such purchases steadily be offering really extensive monetary advantages to a public establishment wishing to procure.


Notes to editors

  1. Organisations or folks concerned about buying the oil portray must touch the RCEWA on 0845 300 6200.

  2. Main points of the portray are as follows: 

    Johann Liss (d. 1631)
    The Temptation of Saint Mary Magdalene
    Oil on canvas, 98.eight x 125.eight cm

  3. Provenance: In all probability Richard Chauncey (d. 1760), Edgcote, Northamptonshire, and there framed because the overmantel within the former Billiard Room all over the re-modelling of the home between 1747–52; In all probability his son, William Henry Chauncey (d. 1788); By means of inheritance with Edgcote to his brother-in-law, Thomas Carter; In all probability by way of descent to his granddaughter Julia Aubrey, who married William Ralph Cartwright (1771–1847) of Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire; In all probability inherited with Edgcote by way of his son by way of his 2nd spouse Richard Aubrey Cartwright (1811–1891); Thence by way of descent to his grandson Ralph Cartwright (1880–1936); Nameless sale (‘The Belongings of a Circle of relatives Agree with’), London, Christie’s, nine December 1994, lot 96; Bought by way of present proprietor in 1995.

  4. The Reviewing Committee at the Export of Works of Artwork and Items of Cultural Passion is an impartial frame, serviced by way of The Arts Council, which advises the Secretary of State for Virtual, Tradition, Media and Game on whether or not a cultural object, supposed for export, is of nationwide significance beneath specified standards. 

  5. The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in creative and cultural reviews that enrich other people’s lives. It helps a spread of actions around the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to virtual artwork, studying to bounce, track to literature, and crafts to collections. www.artscouncil.org.united kingdom.

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