Secret scandal of British Museum director's masterpiece

Bailey, Martin
October 2009
Art Newspaper;Oct2009, Vol. 18 Issue 206, p6
The article reports on a scandal revealed in declassified government papers wherein Michael Levey, then director of the National Gallery, allowed John Pope-Hennessy, then director of the British Museum, to take the painting "The Vision of Saint Francis," by Annibale Carracci from his personal collection out of Great Britain in 1976. It notes that Pope-Hennessy has been granted an export licence for the painting and two other Italian works when he left for New York. He then sold the painting within a few weeks of his arrival.


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