A mas­ter­piece in Her­itage Malta col­lec­tion on dis­play at the Lou­vre

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The paint­ing, Ju­dith and Holofernes, which forms part of the na­tional col­lec­tion, will be fea­tur­ing promi­nently at the Lou­vre Mu­seum in Paris in a ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled, Valentin de Buologne: Be­yond Car­avag­gio.

This mas­ter­piece was de­picted by the French 17th cen­tury artist, Valentin de Buologne (15911632). The great­est French fol­lower of Car­avag­gio was one of the out­stand­ing artists in the 17th cen­tury Europe and fol­low­ing Car­avag­gio’s death, he emerged as one of the most orig­i­nal pro­tag­o­nists of the new, nat­u­ral­is­tic paint­ing.

The paint­ing was on dis­play at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art in New York un­til 16 Jan­uary and was trans­ferred to Paris to be on dis­play at the Lou­vre be­tween 20 Fe­bru­ary and 22 May.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is com­mem­o­rat­ing this out­stand­ing artist by de­vot­ing a mono­graphic ex­hibi- tion. His works are very rare with only 60 paint­ings at­trib­uted to the painter. This ex­hi­bi­tion is bring­ing to­gether 45 mas­ter­pieces by this artist and fea­tures Ju­dith and Holofernes, which is cur­rently un­der the guardian­ship of Her­itage Malta and which even­tu­ally will be ex­hib­ited in the on­go­ing project Muża.

The paint­ing’s dis­play at the Lou­vre co­in­cides with the Mal­tese Pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union. The Lou­vre Mu­seum pos­sesses the most im­por­tant and ex­ten­sive body of Valentin’s works.

This is an ex­cep­tional loan from Her­itage Malta’s mu­seum col­lec­tion which was, in­ci­den­tally, also loaned to the pre­vi­ous and last in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion about French fol­low­ers of Car­avag­gio, in­clud­ing Valentin de Buologne, held at the French Academy, Rome and the Grand Palais, Paris in 1973.

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