英国对 15 世纪晚期在伦巴第大区曼图亚市制造、价值 1700 万英镑的青铜圆球实施了临时出口禁令.
文艺复兴时期的圆形, 它描绘了金星, 罗马的爱情女神, surrounded by her lover Mars, husband Vulcan and son Cupid, is at risk of being sold overseas unless a UK buyer can be found.
The culture minister Caroline Dinenage announced the ban in a statement which said the roundel was larger, more complex and more refined than other examples in British collections produced in Mantua at that time.
The Gosport MP said: “This piece is a stunning combination of myth and mystery. I hope a UK buyer can be found so that researchers can reveal its secrets and the public can see this striking design on display.”
The ban follows advice from the reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural nterest, which said its size and unique composition made the roundel “extremely technically interesting as well as an object of outstanding beauty”.
Although the artist is not known, committee member Stuart Lochead said the piece showed clear links to Donatello and Mantegna.
“The remarkable craftmanship, aesthetics and mystery of this sculpture is captivating and its export from the United Kingdom and subsequent loss to the nation would be a misfortune,” Lochead added.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the decision on the export licence application had been deferred until 27 September in the hope a domestic buyer could be found.
This can be extended until 27 行进 2022 if there is a serious intention from someone to raise the funds to buy the piece.