The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gabriele Finaldi has been appointed Director of the National Gallery it was announced today
Gabriele Finaldi standing in front of Van Dyck's Portrait of Henry Danvers, Earl of Danby, The Hermitage, St Petersburg. © Photo: Sergio Enriquez-Nistal.

LONDON.- The appointment was confirmed by the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron.

Dr Finaldi will take up his new position on 17 August 2015. Current Director, Dr Nicholas Penny announced his retirement in summer 2014.

Dr Finaldi, a British citizen, is currently Deputy Director for Collections and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid where he has been since 2002. He was formerly a curator at the National Gallery, London, between 1992 and 2002 where he was responsible for the later Italian paintings in the collection (Caravaggio to Canaletto) and the Spanish collection (Bermejo to Goya).

Born in London, the 49-year-old studied art history at Dulwich College and then at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where his doctoral research focused on the 17th-century painter Jusepe de Ribera. At the National Gallery he curated various exhibitions including 'Spanish Still Life from Velázquez to Goya' (1995), 'Discovering the Italian Baroque: The Denis Mahon Collection' (1997), 'Orazio Gentileschi at the Court of Charles I' (1999) and (together with previous National Gallery Director, Neil MacGregor) 'Seeing Salvation: The Image of Christ' (2000).

Gabriele Finaldi said: “I feel deeply honoured to take on the Directorship of the National Gallery after Nicholas Penny. This is a world-class collection in a world-class city and I eagerly look forward to working with the Trustees and the staff to strengthen the Gallery’s bond with the public and its international standing. I also look forward to developing an exciting exhibition programme and the Gallery’s research and educational activities.”

At the Prado, Spain’s principal museum of painting which houses superb works by Van der Weyden, Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya, Gabriele Finaldi has overseen (with Director Miguel Zugaza), a remarkable transformation of the institution, which included the opening of the Prado extension (2007), the overhaul of the museum’s organisational structure, the opening of the Prado Research Centre (2008), the complete re-hang of the permanent collection, and the development of an impressive international exhibition programme.*

Mark Getty, Chair of the Trustees of the National Gallery said: “I am delighted that Gabriele Finaldi will succeed Dr Nicholas Penny as Director of the National Gallery in August 2015. In addition to his scholarship, particularly in Italian and Spanish painting, Dr Finaldi has been responsible for internationally acclaimed exhibitions and publications. As Co-Director of the Prado he has been responsible for a range of successful and complex projects and he will bring considerable experience to the Gallery. We are absolutely delighted that he has accepted the post.”

Miguel Zugaza, Director, Museo del Prado said: “Gabriele Finaldi has contributed decisively to the modernization of the Museo del Prado in the last decade, most significantly, in positioning the Museum internationally and developing its conservation and research roles. I am both pleased and proud that the Trustees have decided to appoint him Director of the National Gallery. At the Prado we hope that his presence in London will give a new impulse to the highly positive collaboration already established between our Museum and the Gallery under the leadership of our esteemed friend and colleague, Nicholas Penny.”

Dr Finaldi recently curated an exhibition on Murillo, 'The Art of Friendship: Murillo and Justino de Neve' (2012) which was on display at the Prado, Seville and at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. At the Prado he spearheaded the acquisition of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 'Feast of the Wine of Saint Martin' (ca. 1566), and the early and exceedingly rare French panel painting attributed to Colart de Laon, 'The Agony in the Garden with the donor, Louis I of Orléans' (1405-10). He is the editor of the Museum's art historical periodical, the 'Boletín del Museo del Prado', and is currently writing a book on the drawings of Ribera.

Today's News

March 19, 2015

17 tourists killed and 42 wounded as gunmen attack Tunisia's National Bardo Museum

New York's celebrated Museum of Modern Art store: A pioneer in retail innovation

Mass tourism spurred by cheap flights forces mobbed museums to overhaul welcome

Gabriele Finaldi has been appointed Director of the National Gallery it was announced today

16th-century portrait by Franciabigio revealed to be the first image of a professional gardener

Museums may be a feast for the eyes -- but what about the belly? Museums move towards better food

Museums open doors on Twitter with #MuseumWeek; Interactions will be stored in time capsule

Paintings and mixed media works on paper by Shirley Jaffe on view at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery

The Prince of Wales attends meeting at the Freer and Sackler Galleries to discuss 2016 exhibition

Rarely seen paintings by Jack Smith go on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London

To benefit Sir John Soane's Museum in London, Special-edition of Piranesi drawings, now live on iGavel

Japanese cloisonné enamels from the Victoria and Albert Museum on view at the Chester Beatty Library

Classical realist painter Jenness Cortez re-imagines Leonardo's 'Mona Lisa'

Exhibition of works from the 1970s by Alan Gussow opens at Driscoll Babcock Galleries

Rare and ancient Chinese bronzes once belonging to Chinese elite fetch robust prices at Bonhams

Works related to Marco Brambilla's Apollo XVIII on view at McCabe Fine Art

Chinese Huanghuali furniture fetches soaring prices at Bonhams

Norton exhibition, Imaging Eden, presents a photographic history of the Everglades

Long Beach Museum of Art announces $2 million gift from Dr. Ronald and Mrs. Sylvia Hartman

New Contemporary Art + Design Wing opens at the Corning Museum of Glass

Traces: A new exhibition by Garrett Pruter opens at Judith Charles Gallery

Exhibition of new works by Folkert de Jong opens at James Cohan Gallery

Sotheby's Hong Kong to present Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale 2015 on 6 April

Jim Bowie signed note tops $587,000 Texana offering at Heritage Auctions

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful