The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of three recipients of a prestigious European grant worth $25,000 for art conservation. The museum will use it to restore Titian’s “Judith with the Head of Holofernes.”
The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF), which also sponsors the world’s largest annual art and antique fair at Maastricht, Netherlands, created the fund in 2012 to support museums’ conservation work. Any institution that’s attended the TEFAF Maastricht art fair is eligible to apply.
Other institutions receiving the grant were the Musée Rodin in Paris, to restore a never-seen sculpture by Rodin, and four Dutch museums that share ownership of a rare, 140-page journal “Der Blaue Reiter,” edited by Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc.
“Judith with the Head of Holofernes,” one of the standouts of the DIA’s collection of Renaissance paintings, entered the museum in 1938 and has never undergone restoration.