Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts has bought Anthony Van Dyck’s Wedding Portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart, which is being shown together with several of the museum’s other pieces, László Baán, the museum’s director, said on Tuesday.
The exquisite portrait of the nine-year-old princess was ordered to celebrate her wedding to fourteen-year-old William of Orange in 1641, Baán noted.
The museum bought the painting when Christie’s auctioned it last December for 2.1 billion forints (EUR 6.6m) with a government grant.
At the presentation of the portrait to the press, Human Resources Minister Miklós Kásler noted that Van Dyck was one of the giants of his era, equal to his master Peter Paul Rubens.
The portrait of Princess Mary will also be exhibited at the museum’s October show, “Rubens and the Golden Era of Flemish Painting”, Baán said.
As we wrote last November, Museum of Fine Arts reopened, and it is worth to visit the renewed Museum of Fine Arts, even for those who already have seen it before the renovation started in 2015. Read more HERE.
Drawings by Michelangelo, works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Flemish Baroque masters, surrealist paintings by Magritte and Dalí and photographs by Brassai are in the 2019 exhibition schedule of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hungarian National Gallery, details HERE.