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July 31, 2007 - ,

Restoration of a Flemish painting in Sydney

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A year ago, in honor of its 125 years of active business, BNP Paribas Australia joined in efforts to restorate “The boar Hunt”, a painting by Flemish artist Frans Snyders which forms part of the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, with the support of the BNP Paribas Foundation. This was the first time a corporate sponsor had offered to participate in the restoration of a work of art in the museum’s collection.

The painting and its frame were received in such a fragile condition that a restoration was overdue. The restoration had two goals: stabilise the paint structure on the canvas, and remove the underlying, discoloured layers so as to reveal the painting’s original colours and texture. Now restored, the painting becomes a centrepiece among the Flemish paintings collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

A pupil of Pieter Bruegel II and a friend of Rubens, Frans Snyders (1579-1657) was highly regarded for his painting of animals and still-life subjects. The richness of his collections reflects the fame – and fortune – he accumulated during his lifetime.