Thanks to the support of BNP Paribas and its Foundation, “The Conversion of Saint Paul” a masterpiece by Spanish painter Juan Bautista Maíno, conserved at the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), will be restored.
Madrid, February 29th 2012- The president of the MNAC Mr Miquel Roca Junyent and the Country Head of BNP Paribas in Spain, Mr Ramiro Mato García-Ansorena ratified yesterday a sponsorship agreement for the restoration of “The Conversion of Saint Paul”, by Maíno, that belongs to the collections of the Museum.
Juan Bautista Maíno (1581- 1649) is one of the introducers in Spain of the Caravaggio's style and the group of painters actives in Rome at the beginning of the XVIIth century.
“The Conversion of Saint Paul” has been attributed to Maíno very recently by the MNAC experts. This is an important addition to the catalogue of works of the painter, which preserves very few works, only 44. The MNAC also conserves “The portrait of Fray Alonso de Saint Thomas” (1648-1649), one of the last productions of Juan Bautista Maíno.
After the end of the restoration process “The Conversion of Saint Paul” will be exhibited in the rooms dedicated to Renaissance and Baroque in the MNAC.
Thanks to this agreement, “the restoration of this painting will be included in the programme BNP Paribas for Arts, launched by the BNP Paribas Foundation in 1994 and which has allowed the restoration of more than 200 works of art conserved in museums worldwide, showing our commitment in cultural heritage” Ramiro Mato said.
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