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After being open for two months it was time for our two Bruegel paintings to be sent away. ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ and ‘Death of the Virgin’ have gone for investigations by an international Bruegel expert, Christina Currie. The pictures will be compared to other Bruegel’s and have investigations carried out on them to confirm if they are by Pieter Bruegel the Younger or Elder. They will be subject to dendrochronology and other technical examinations.

Death of a Virgin

Death of a Virgin

It is a great opportunity to find out more about our collection and to determine some important facts. It will, hopefully, enable us to carry out important conservation work to ‘Massacre of the Innocents’ which has needed conservation work since the late 1980s, and recent times has deteriorated. Painting conservation is an important part of caring for the collection at Upton, and is done with the support and advice of National Trust Painting Conservators. The Massacre of the Innocents is an incredibly important painting, but it has always been a bit of a mystery! Hence we are very excited about the investigation work, what they will find, and the conservation work that will hopefully follow.

Massacre of the Innocents with tissue paper on

Massacre of the Innocents with tissue paper on

So far, we have raised over £1000 in generous gifts in our donations box and £4240 in online donations. Every donation makes such a difference in our efforts to save the painting and we are grateful for all the help we have received. The fundraising continues…

 

We will keep you up to date with the research and findings of the investigations. Will the results unveil more questions than answers?

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