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20th February, 2019

Museum buys Van Dyck for Ft 2bn

The Museum of Fine Arts has purchased at auction a portrait of Princess Mary Stuart, daughter of King Charles I of England, by Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck.

The government financed the Ft 2.1 billion purchase, the largest by the museum in the past 100 years.

It was bought at Christie’s auction house in London in December for £5.9 million.

Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler presented the artwork as “one of the world’s outstanding paintings” on Tuesday, as van Dyck was one of the great painters of his era.

Museum director László Baán described the wedding portrait, painted in 1641, when the princess was ten years old, as one of van Dyck’s last masterpieces.

The painting, sold by a private collector, is on display from Tuesday in a chamber exhibit, along with several other pieces from the museum collection.

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