National Trust and Art Fund Launch Appeal to Save Brueghel Painting for the Nation

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LONDON.- Today, the National Trust and the Art Fund are launching a £2.7 million fundraising campaign to save an iconic Old Master painting for the nation. ‘The Procession to Calvary’ by Pieter Brueghel the Younger is the star attraction at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire, owned by the National Trust since 1954, where it has hung for over 200 years. Now, however, the painting, which is still owned by Lord St Oswald, has been put up for sale, with the risk that Nostell’s greatest work will no longer be accessible to the public. Completed in 1602, and amongst Brueghel the Younger’s finest works, ‘The Procession to Calvary’ shows Christ carrying the cross on the way to his crucifixion. He is surrounded by over two hundred figures in a vibrant narrative, set in a contemporary Flemish landscape. The painting includes a host of carefully observed individual portraits: religious figures, peasants, children, an