Prince Amyn Aga Khan presents 200,000 euros to acquire Sequeira masterpiece ‘Adoration of the Magi’ securing Portuguese cultural assets for the National Museum of Ancient Art

Three days after being honored for his patronage of the arts and culture by Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin, Italy, Prince Amyn was in Lisbon, Portugal. He was extending material support to Portugal’s National Museum of Ancient Art in its campaign to acquire art deemed significant to strengthen, protect and extend Portugal’s national cultural assets.

LISBON (March 16, 2016): In a special ceremony, Prince Amyn Aga Khan presented a check for 200,000 euros to António Filipe Pimentel, the Director of the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA) in the presence of  Portuguese Minister of Culture, João Soares, towards the crowd-funding campaign “Let’s put Sequeira in the right place” to acquire masterpiece painting by Portuguese artist – Domingos António de Sequeira.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan presents 200,000 euros to acquire Sequeira masterpiece 'Adoration of the Magi' securing Portuguese cultural assets for the National Museum of Ancient Art
Prince Amyn Aga Khan at the National Museum of Ancient Art (NMAA) with Portuguese dignitaries (Image credit: LM Miguel Manso)

“I was informed of this initiative by a friend and immediately talked about it with my brother, His Highness the Aga Khan, and decided that the Aga Khan Foundation should respond to the call to make a significant contribution in a final amount of 200,000 euros, to help the museum in its noble purpose of keeping Sequeira in the ‘right place.’

… sincere hope that our contribution will encourage others to follow suit and to respond to the museum support request.”

– Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Personal Representative of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan.

With this contribution, the Aga Khan Foundation becomes the main donor to the initiative launched by the prestigious Portuguese art gallery, member of the Spanish Prado Museum. Now the contribution of 200,000 euros made ​​by the Aga Khan Foundation has relaunched the campaign, said Portuguese media reports. To understand the importance of this contribution, it is important to note that its size corresponds to one-third of the total . That is, the value equals to what was collected to date and makes the total collected exceed the 400,000 barrier, perhaps the example of the Aga Khan Foundation will also succeed as a motivating aspect of the campaign, added media officials.

“It’s a very generous contribution, equivalent to one-third of the value of the painting, and whose scale speaks for itself, made on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation and the Ismaili community throughout the world, and also in Portugal.

… is very significant and symbolic … highlighting the ecumenical spirit of the foundation to support a painting that reflects the cross between two worlds.

… Sets a mobilizer example, and especially at the institutional level, which has clearly been the weakest part of the campaign. There is a clear imbalance between the nearly 10,000s of citizen contributions, and more timid and slow contribution of institutions and companies.”

– António Filipe Pimentel, Director, National Museum of Ancient Art (NMAA)

Prince Amyn Aga Khan presents 200,000 euros to acquire Sequeira masterpiece 'Adoration of the Magi' securing Portuguese cultural assets for the National Museum of Ancient Art
NMAA Director, António Filipe Pimentel explains some of the details of the Adoration of the Magi to Prince Amyn Aga Khan (Image credit: MANUEL DE ALMEIDA / LUSA)

Launched last October 27 and in force until on 30 April, the initiative aims at the acquisition of the painting “The Adoration of the Magi”, by Portuguese artist Domingos António de Sequeira (1768-1837), one of the great figures of the generation of Goya.

Painted in Rome in 1828, the table shows the encounter of the Magi with Jesus after his birth, in a composition where the light is the key element.

The Aga Khan Foundation considers supporting this initiative and a relevant integration of this “national treasure” in equity with the Portuguese State, it said in a statement.

Prince Amyn Aga Khan presents 200,000 euros to acquire Sequeira masterpiece 'Adoration of the Magi' securing Portuguese cultural assets for the National Museum of Ancient Art
Domingos Sequeira’s masterpiece “Adoration of the Magi” (Image credit: National Museum of Ancient Art (NMAA))

According to AKF, its contribution to the campaign, entitled “Let’s Put the Sequeira in the right place” is part of its policy of “defense of cultural values ​​and heritage in various regions of the world.”

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), present in several countries, whose mission is economic, social and cultural development, and has a more than $ 650 million annual budget. The Aga Khan Foundation brings together a set of international institutions whose primary mission is to develop the living conditions. It works in several fields (health, housing, education, etc.) and pays special attention to the poorest regions of the planet.

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