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  • Event: Paintings at Upton House

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Hugo van der Goes (c1440 – 1482) was a Flemish painter and is considered to be one of the most important early Netherlandish painters.


At Upton House we are very fortunate to have one of his paintings attributed to a close follower of van der Goes.  The painting is entitled ‘The Emperor Augustus’ Vision of the Tiburtine Sybil’.


According to tradition, when Augustus consulted the Sibyl (a woman endowed with the gift of prophecy) after the Roman Senate proclaimed him a god, a vision of the Virgin standing on an altar with the infant Christ appeared to him.  The Emperor is shown without his crown as a sign of adoration.  This painting would have been the right wing of a triptych or diptych, with a Madonna and Child in the centre or on the other wing.


The painting was acquired by Upton’s owner Lord Bearstead.  During World War II was allowed to choose 41 of his 165 paintings to be taken into safe keeping alongside the collection from the National Gallery.  This painting was one of those 41 and so this shows the importance that he placed upon it.


The picture has a history of flaking paint. Specialist analysis shows that this is likely due to the composition of the blue and green pigments used and the thickness of paint applied by the artist in some areas. Recently the situation has got a lot worse and our conservator has had to apply conservation paper, known as facing paper, to temporarily stabilise the worst affected areas. This is just a short term fix and we need to have the whole painting properly treated in her studio.


We need to raise £4,000 to pay for a full technical analysis and to sensitively conserve the painting. This will involve consolidating and re-attaching flaking paint and re-filling losses, to bring the painting back to its original splendour.


Please help in any way you can.


 


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