Prado nabs major private collection
The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid has just announced the acquisition of 12 significant works thanks to a donation by the engineer, businessman and art collector José Luis Várez Fisa. The works date from the 13th to the 16th centuries and will be exhibited in a gallery named for the donor.
According to an announcement on the Museum’s Web site:
Particularly outstanding within this donation is the central panel of the altarpiece for the high altar of the church of Santa María in Tobed (Zaragoza), The Virgin of Tobed (ca.1359-1362). Attributed to Jaume Serra, it is an historically important work in addition to its aesthetic merit as the donor depicted is the future Henry II, who was the first Castilian monarch of the Trastamara dynasty and also acceded to the crown of Aragon in 1412.
The announcement adds the painting, “includes [a] depiction of Henry II Trastamara, his wife and their children … [and] is a major example of the Catalan Italo-Gothic style and the highlight of this donation.”
Along with “The Virgin of Tobed”, the other major Italo-Gothic/International Gothic painting in the donation is, “The altarpiece by the Master of Torralba, an International Gothic artist active in Aragon in the early 15th century … [which is ] almost complete and very well preserved.”
The announcement also states:
Hispano-Flemish painting is also enriched with the addition of Saint Anthony Abbot by Joan Reixach, which complements the representation of Valencian Hispano-Flemish painting in the Museum, already represented by theTriptych with Episodes from the Life of Christ by Louis Alincbrot, a Bruges-born master who worked in Valencia. The presence of the Hispano-Flemish school in the Museum’s collection is further enhanced by a late work by Diego de Cruz, one of the most important Castilian painters.