Summer 2023 Newsletter Part II

Recently Acquired Icons and Byzantine Antiquities

We have added these to our website. They can be seen at the Temple Gallery and on our website at Icons and at Summer 2023 Exhibition.




Our expedition to Georgia, 7th-18th May 2024, is fully subscribed, but people do sometimes have to change their plans. If your want to be added to the waiting list please contact Greg Godar at



Memling Museum          Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Fall of Icarus, Brussels

                                       Palais Royal


There are two places still available for the trip studying 15th and 16th century Flemish paintings, 6th - 11th November, 2023.  If you are interested please contact Greg Godar at   I have worked my way through the two volumes of Erwin Panofsky’s Early Netherlandish Paintings, a Mount Everest of art history methodology, and Otto Pacht’s scarcely less steep Van Eyck and the Founders of Early Netherlandish Painting, instructive works of scholarship. Most scholars avoid the idea of a mystical or transcendental dimension, but Henk van Os in the The Art of Devotion in the Late Middle Ages in Europe 1300 – 1500 has partly opened the door - enough to provide a ground for our evening illustrated talks.



If you are in Australia . . .  An important exhibition of icons, recently shown at the Auckland Art Gallery NZ, will be shown at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) Hobart, Tasmania. Click here to read more. The first iteration of this exhibition was organised and presented at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Aotearoa New Zealand, curated by Sophie Matthiesson.


vat charges for importing art into europe

There are no charges for importing art in the USA but in Europe rates vary from country to country, some charging around 5%, some nearer 20%. This is creating confusion and chaos for galleries and for collectors and there is now a movement to establish a uniform rate of 5.5% for all EU countries. An article  by Catherine Hickley in the August issue of The Art Newspaper says ‘Dealers are lobbying their governments to seize the window of opportunity offered by an EU law to reduce value-added tax rates for art’. In Italy the government is poised to reduce the rate to 5.5%. Hopefully other governments will follow suit. 


icon museum curator

The post of Curator at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton MS. Click here to find out more.



Below is a list of rare and important icons sold in the last year or so at public auction. It does not include private sales. Click here to read more.

26 July 2023