Currently on view at The Palazzo barberini, Rome

Giuseppe Vermiglio
(Milan 1587 – 1635)
Judith Beheading Holofernes
oil on canvas
108 x 170 cm. (42.5 x 66.9 in.)
c. 1610

The Klesch Collection is delighted to lend their Judith Beheading Holofernes by Giuseppe Vermiglio to the exhibition Caravaggio and Artemisia: The challenge of Judith. Violence and seduction in 16th and 17th-century painting at the Palazzo Barberini in Rome.


The Palazzo Barberini celebrates the 50th anniversary of the purchase of Caravaggio’s enigmatic Judith Beheading Holofernes with this dedicated exhibition. Curator Maria Cristina Terzaghi brought together masterpieces from all over the world which demonstrate the overwhelming influence that Caravaggio’s Judith had on its many interpreters.


The exhibition runs until 27 March 2022.

Currently on view at The rubens house, Antwerp

Rubens - Portrait of a young woman

Sir Peter Paul Rubens
(Siegen 1577 – Antwerp 1640)
Portrait of a Young Woman, Half-Length, Holding A Chain
oil on canvas
85.5 x 66 cm. (33 3/4 x 26 in.)
c. 1603-1606

The Klesch Collection is honoured to have this early portrait by Sir Peter Paul Rubens on view in The Rubens House in Antwerp on a long-term loan.


This unique portrait by the most influential artist of the Flemish Baroque, conceived with all the assured fluidity of Rubens’ hand, is testament to his masterful control of the paintbrush. Alongside the dazzling painterly strokes made to convey the cuff and ruff collar, the sitter’s face and hands are finished to a high degree, capturing the young woman’s youth and the intensity of her gaze.


Below Ben van Beneden, former Director of the Rubenshouse, tells us about this painting and Rubens’ transformative time in Italy.

Currently on view at The National gallery, room 9

Giorgio Vasari - Allegory of Patience

Giorgio Vasari
(Arezzo 1511 – Florence 1574)
Allegory of Patience
oil on canvas
(lower right)

197.8 x 107.8 cm. (77.9 x 42.4 in.)
c. 1552

The Klesch Collection is honoured to have this painting by Giorgio Vasari on view in The National Gallery, London, on a long-term loan.

Vasari is most renowned for his book, Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1550), a series of artist biographies which have formed the conceptual foundation of modern art history, yet he was also gifted as a painter. In his art, Vasari was heavily influenced by his friend Michelangelo (1475-1564), of which this Allegory of Patience is a prime example. The Klesch Collection is delighted to announce that the fascinating story on how Vasari conceived this painting with Michelangelo’s aid is now published in Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience (2020), authored by Prof. Carlo Falciani, the renowned Florentine art historian. This publication is the first of, what we expect to be, many in-depth publications on paintings from the collection.

This book recounts the exciting rediscovery of this work and how it quickly became famous and numerous copies were made, permeating the visual culture of Florence and beyond. This book carries full documentation of the work and its known copies, some of which can be traced to leading patrons in Renaissance Italy.

Vasari, Michelangelo and the Allegory of Patience is available for purchase here, in both English and Italian.

Below you can view National Gallery’s Caroline Campbell, Director of Collections and Research, and Matthias Wivel, Curator of 16th-century Italian paintings, in conversation with prof. Carlo Falciani about our painting and the book.