Saturday, May 8, 2010

Puerto Rican Museum at Ponce

[School of Nature - Holman Hunt]

I was reading an obituary of Jeremy Maas

and it reminded me of how in 1963 he paid the then high price of £1000 and failed to sell to a British institution or collector. He went to a South American connoisseur to recoup his money (in fact he doubled it) and the picture still hangs in the Puerto Rican Museum at Ponce, now worth several million pounds.

And investigating the museum website I found this beautiful 1893 Holman Hunt painting that I had never seen before. They also have The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon which I have featured before, as it went on tour, and The Sleeping Beauty both by Burne Jones.

Other treasures - The Roman Widow by Rossetti (1874)

The Escape of a Heretic - Millais (1857)

and Flaming June by Lord Leighton (1895)


Anonymous said...

Great post. I am going to come back it later in the week. I am in the middle of work. But I had to read it. Oh, the folly of the art world.

Hermes said...

Thank you. The art world really is pretty extroadinary.

Natalis said...

a very good reason to go to Puerrrrto Rico !

Hermes said...

Isn't it interesting N. that they ended up there, and that the Puerto Rican's should want such Eurpean art.

Natalis said...

yes it is :)