Beastie Boy Mom Donates Veronese Painting to Worcester Art Museum

  • August 26, 2013 00:40

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Venus Disarming Cupid by Veronese will go on view at the Worcester Art Museum.

One of the last works by the artist in private hands, a sumptuous 16th-century painting by Paolo Veronese is being gifted to the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. The donor is collector Hester Diamond whoses son is known as Mike D from the hip hop group Beastie Boys.

Veronese's Venus Disarming Cupid, from 1560, was long attributed to the “Circle of François Boucher," but experts declared it a work of Veronese when Diamond purchased it for $2.9 million in 1990.

Diamond sold six paintings at Sotheby's in 2004 for a total of $60 million.

The collector said the gift to Worcester was to honor her stepdaughter, Rachel Kaminsky, who joined the museum board in 2012.

Diamond stated, "Beyond that, I have always believed that the best public home for a work of art is within an institution where it adds something new to the collection and helps bring in new audiences. Over the years, my collection has evolved, incorporating art from many periods, genres and styles. The Worcester Museum’s willingness to explore new ideas for encouraging audiences of every age to think differently about art reflects the arc of my own collecting."

The painting will go on view Sept. 21.

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