|Picture: The Art Newspaper|
Denis Mahon's bequest of 57 baroque pictures to British collections has just been completed. He also made bequests to the National Gallery of Ireland, and to the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna. The National gallery produced a fine catalogue of his collection when it was exhibited in its entirety (Discovering the Italian Baroque by Gabriele Finaldi and Michael Kitson), including the non-UK bequests, and also a few paintings that he sold in the 1970s. Much has been made of his condition that free entry must be maintained at the galleries benefiting from his bequests, but Temple Newsam received a painting, and it charges for admission - as does the Pinacoteca Nazionale. So the terms are broken on the day it's announced!