Bowie altarpiece to be loaned to Rubens House

Summary

An altarpiece by Italian master Jacopo Tintoretto that was purchased from the collection of the late David Bowie will be on view in Antwerp next spring

Ode to Saint Catherine

The altarpiece dedicated to Saint Catherine by the 16th-century Italian master Jacopo Tintoretto is being loaned to Antwerp’s Rubens House. The monumental piece was part of David Bowie’s personal art collection and was purchased at a recent auction at Sotheby’s in London for €222,000.

The new owner has agreed to loan the Tintoretto – the only master in Bowie’s collection – to the Antwerp museum for an exhibition next spring. The painting was commissioned in 1570 by the San Gimignano church in Venice, where it remained until the church was demolished in 1807. A rendition of the work features in the Italian sketchbook made by Anthony Van Dyck in the 1620s.

Image: A detail from the Tintoretto altarpiece on its way to Antwerp