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18 December 2023, 09:43

They found a way: in Great Britain, inheritance tax was paid by donating a sculpture of Apollo to a museum

They found a way: in Great Britain, inheritance tax was paid by donating a sculpture of Apollo to a museum
The Renaissance bronze sculpture became the property of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The 500-year-old miniature was handed over under the government's "acceptance in lieu — AiL" scheme, which provides for the payment of inheritance tax by transferring important cultural, scientific or historical objects to the state.

A gilded bronze sculpture of Apollo of Belvedere, inlaid with silver eyes, became the property of the museum. Pier Jacopo Alari de Bonacolsi, better known as Antico, created the figure, which is only 41.3 cm tall, around 1520–1522.
Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum
The museum notes that the original marble statue of Apollo, on the basis of which this miniature copy was created, dates back to the 4th century BC. e., and has a height of more than 2.1 meters.

Art historians were very surprised and impressed how Antico, using an ancient marble sculpture as a basis, created this fantastic miniature work. They compared him to a jeweler who was able to transform the idea of a monumental work into an object that can be put on or taken off the shelf, held in one's hands.

The miniature will be exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which houses an outstanding collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes. It is noted that this sculpture is "the quintessence of the Italian bronze masterpiece of the Renaissance."
Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Photo: The Fitzwilliam Museum
This is far from the first case of the transfer of important cultural, scientific or historical objects to the state under the government scheme "acceptance in lieu — AiL". Over the past 10 years, the scheme has made £479 million worth of artworks and other objects public property.

Source: theguardian.com

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