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Museums make up for the loss of private sales.

Arts and EntertainmentMuseums make up for the loss of private sales.

The chair of European paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston said that it would be a bold acquisition. He and his team of curators were looking at a portrait of a girl with a rare congenital condition that causes facial hair growth. The young lady holds an inscription that says she is the daughter of Don Pietro, a wild man from the Canary Islands, who lived in the court of the Duke of Parma. The portrait by Lavinia Fontana was one of the many works by women artists on display at the preview of the TEFAF Maastricht fair in the Netherlands. The Fontana portrait was on display at the Rob Smeets booth. The recently rediscovered Artemisia Gentileschi work, "Penitent Magdalene", was on the booth of the dealers Robilant and Voena at $7 million. The focus of his acquisitions has evolved over the years as he has traveled from Boston to TEFAF. The last few years have seen this priority become a priority. He acknowledged that museums with large holdings of pre-20th-century art can seem disconnected from the 21st century's cultural concerns.

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