National Gallery of Victoria Acquires Newly Discovered Renaissance Masterpiece

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MELBOURNE.- The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) today announced that in its 150th year it had acquired a highly important masterpiece by Correggio, one of the most influential figures of the Italian High Renaissance. Director Gerard Vaughan unveiled the painting, which has just arrived from London. The newly discovered work, titled Madonna and Child with the infant Saint John the Baptist was painted by Antonio Allegri, called Correggio, circa 1514‐1515. This rare Correggio is a magnificent example of early 16th century Northern Italian painting. It is an incomparable masterpiece with no other similar work either in the NGV Collection, or any other public collection in Australia. The painting was purchased at Sotheby’s London sale on 6 July 2011 for $5.2 million and is the single highest priced acquisition in the NGV’s history.