Export Bar on Raphael

In an attempt to keep one of the finest Italian Renaissance drawings in the UK, a temporary export bar has been placed on Raphael’s Head  of a Young Apostle, preventing it from going abroad and providing one last chance for someone to raise the money allowing the drawing to stay within the UK.

Raphael who is arguably the finest Renaissance draughtsman, created Head of a Young Apostle in about 1519 as a study for the head of one of the figures in his last great painting; The Transfiguration, which hangs in the Vatican. The drawing has been part of the Duke of Devonshire’s collection since the 1700s and would be a serious loss to the country if a buyer could not be found. The drawing went to auction at Sotheby’s in December and broke the auction record for a work on paper by fetching £29m, three times its estimate.

Raphael's Head of a Young Apostle

 So if you happen to find yourself with a spare £30m and don’t know what to do with it, this would be my suggestion. If you are feeling particularly generous you could go one step further and donate it to this doodletriber, my birthday is just a few weeks away after all…

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