David Bowie’s only Tintoretto, a painting which was one of the first he bought for his art collection, was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. An anonymous art collector bought it for £191,000. The Antwerp Rubenshuis museum announced today, the collector who bought it, has arranged for this painting to be loaned to the museum.
Tintoretto’s altar piece “Saint Catherine” will hang in Rubens’ former home from spring 2017 onwards. Tintoretto was commissioned to paint the work for the Venetian church of San Geminiano, located at the Piazza San Marco, in 1570.
The loan is “intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.” Though Rubens admired and was influenced by Tintoretto and Italian contemporaries, the museum has no works by these masters in its own collection. Interesting additional fact is, that Rubens’ pupil Anthony van Dyck even made a drawing of this particular painting during a stay in Italy.
It is not yet known from which exact date this painting can be admired at the museum.