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Rubens House adds Tintoretto of David Bowie to the collection

On Thursday, November 10th, David Bowie's art collection was auctioned at Sotheby's in London. The pop icon had one work of an old master in his collection: an altarpiece by Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-1594). The work was bought by a private collector, who wanted to give the work on long-term loan to the Rubens House. From the spring of next year the public can admire it in the Rubens House in Antwerp.

The work is called "Saint Catherine" by the Italian master Jacopo Tintoretto. The artist painted this monumental altarpiece of Saint Catherine in 1570 for the church of San Geminiano in the Piazza di San Marco in Venice. In 1807 the church was demolished, after which the piece was included in private collections. Jacopo Tintoretto was admired both by Rubens and Van Dyck.

With this loan the Rubens House can show a work of one of the most important Italian masters for the first time. Italian masters such as Tintoretto and Titian, after all, had an important place in Rubens' own collection. The painting therefore fills an important gap in the arrangement of the museum. The hammer price was 222 000 euros.

Source: Ruben Museum Antwerp