Madrid, 25 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Museo del Prado and Patrimonio Nacional, the board of directors of the Spanish National Heritage, have signed a collaborative agreement for the restoration of a work by Rogier van der Weyden.
The Dutch painter’s The Crucifixion is considered one of the most remarkable Flemish masterpieces and was acquired by King Philip II in the sixteenth century. With the exception of Deposition of Christ, the painting is the most precious Van der Weyden in Spain.
As Jan van Eyck’s successor, Rogier van der Weyden was one of the greatest Dutch painters of the fifteenth century. His extraordinary compositions, the elegance of the poses and positions and his dramatic mise en scene were an immense influence on his contemporaries.
The painting, completed circa 1460, first belonged to Scheut Charterhouse in Belgium and was then resold. It eventually became part of the Spanish royal collection in 1555. The canvas has been damaged due to frequent changes in location.
The restoration work will be undertaken by the Prado and experts from the Patromonio Nacional. A preliminary study will be carried out by both institutions in order to determine the correct procedure.
Deposition of Christ was restored by the Museo in 1993.