The Mond Bequest (PB)
Ludwig Mond's gift to the nation of 42 paintings is the single largest bequest to have been made to the National Gallery. For the German industrialist, this gift of some of the most significant paintings by early Italian masters was a poignant way to contribute to his adopted country, providing a generous gift that can be enjoyed for many generations to come.
Born in Kassel in 1839, Mond moved to England in 1862 to avoid increasing German anti-semitism. With the German art historian Jean Paul Richter as his advisor, Mond was soon to form one of the most substantial private art collections in the UK.
Highlights of the Mond Bequest include Raphael's key early work, The Crucified Christ with the Virgin Mary, Saints and Angels and Bellini's The Dead Christ Supported by Angels, as well as works by such masters as Botticelli, Mantegna and Titian.
Written by Charles Saumarez Smith, Director of the National Gallery 2002-7, and beautifully printed on a letterpress, The Mond Bequest introduces the life of Ludwig Mond, his collection and the story of his Bequest..
The Mond Bequest was published to accompany a special display of paintings from the Mond Bequest at the National Gallery in 2006.
|author||Saumarez Smith, Mancini|
|publisher||National Gallery Company|
|Dimensions||180 mm X 260 mm|
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