Italy museums director positions open to applicants. Plus rare Fra' Angelico painting up at auction

Rare Fra’ Angelico painting at auction & Museum Director roles open to applicants

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A rare crucifixion painting by early Renaissance master Fra’ Angelico will go up for auction at Christie’s in London on July 6. This week, the Ministry of Culture opened several Museum Director roles to applicants.

Rare Fra’ Angelico painting at Christie’s auction house

Christie’s auction house in London has a rare Fra’ Angelico painting up for auction early next month. The oil on poplar painting featuring the Madonna, St John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene at the feet of the crucified Jesus dates between 1419 and 1424. It starts at an asking price of £4-6 million.

Authenticated by Christie’s UK Vice President Francis Russell and first published in Burlington Magazine in May 1996, the 60×34 cm tempera-on-gold leaf work aroused great enthusiasm among Angelico experts.

It is currently on show at Christie’s In New York. It will be one of the biggest draws at Christie’s Old Masters Part One sale scheduled for July 1-6.

Christie’s describes the painting as, “a significant early work by Fra Angelico, one of the greatest and most influential masters of the early Florentine Renaissance. It established the composition of the artist’s subsequent treatments of Christ on the Cross.”

Rare Fra' Angelico painting which is up for auction in July. It shows the crucifixion of Christ with the Madonna, John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene.
The Crucifixion with the Virgin, Saint John the Baptist and the Magdalen by Fra’ Angelico

Alongside the Fra’ Angelico painting in the Old Masters sale are works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Francesco Guardi, Antonio Canova and Gaetona Gandolfi.

Culture Ministry opens Museum Director jobs to applicants

The culture ministry on Friday called for applications from Italian and EU citizens for to fill top museum posts across Italy, where contracts are coming up for renewal.

The positions are open to all Italian and EU citizens with knowledge of English and Italian at least at level B2.

General management level offices are up for grabs at: MIlan’s Pinacoteca di Brera; Naples’ Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte; Florence’s Gallerie degli Uffizi; and Rome’s Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GNAM).

Offices of non-general management level are subject to applications at: Ferrara’s Estensi Galleries; National Archaeological Museum of Taranto; Rome’s National Galleries of Ancient Art; National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria; National Gallery of Umbria in Perugia; and the National Museum of Abruzzo.

The applications must be submitted by 12 noon on 14 July 2023. However, the beniculturali site has been down since Friday.

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