A MUSEUM has launched a campaign to raise £21,000 to redisplay a piece of 15th Century artwork.
As part the Art Fund’s Art Happens platform, where five museums around the UK are each attempting to fund their own project, the Bowes Museum, in Barnard Castle, County Durham, is crowdfunding through the Kickstarter initiative, to raise the money.
The museum is planning to channel its latest fundraising campaign using the new Art Fund platform, which launched last week, to raise the £21,000 required to sympathetically redisplay The Passion Altarpiece at the museum and reveal the hidden secrets on its reverse.
The altarpiece comprises six oil-on-panel paintings by Master of the View of St Gudule, from the 15th Century, and intricate wooden carvings by the Brussels Sculptors’ Guild, forming a sequence that tells of the arrest, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
If successful, the project will fund research into how the piece would originally have been displayed, the construction of a new frame and bespoke stand, raising it to the required height for an altarpiece, some conservation of the carvings, and new, more meaningful, interpretation
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