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Feb 20, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts purchases Anthony Van Dyck’s Wedding Portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart

Anthony Van Dyck’s Wedding Portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart was auctioned by Christie’s and cost 2.1 billion forints

The Museum of Fine Arts has purchased one of the most valuable paintings of the last hundred years. With the support of the Hungarian government, Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts has bought Anthony Van Dyck’s Wedding Portrait of Princess Mary Henrietta Stuart.

On Tuesday Miklós Kásler, Minister of Human Capacities, and László Baán, the Museum’s director introduced the portrait to the press.

The extraordinary portrait of the nine-year-old princess will be shown together with other pieces at the “Rubens and the Golden Era of Flemish Painting” exhibition in October.

At the press conference, Miklós Kásler noted that Van Dyck was one of the giants of his era, equal to his master Peter Paul Rubens. According to reports, the painting was auctioned by Christie’s and cost 2.1 billion forints.