National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
The Beffi Triptych: Preserving Abruzzo's Cultural Heritage
June 15, 2009–January 10, 2010

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Image: Master of the Beffi Triptych, The Madonna and Child with Scenes from the Life of Christ and the Virgin (The Beffi Triptych), early fifteenth century, tempera on panel, Museo Nazionale d’Abruzzo, L’Aquila The first work of art to be transported out of the region of Abruzzo, Italy, in the aftermath of a violent earthquake in April 2009, the Beffi Triptych is one of the most important works from the National Museum of Abruzzo in the city of L'Aquila. The Italian government has loaned the altarpiece for display at the National Gallery of Art until Labor Day in gratitude to the United States for being among the first to offer assistance to the region after the earthquake and as testimony to the Italian commitment to restore fully the cultural heritage of the region.

The Beffi Triptych is named for the village of Beffi in Abruzzo, where it once adorned the Church of Santa Maria del Ponte. Painted in the early 15th century, possibly by a follower of the Sienese artist Taddeo di Bartolo, the triptych, unlike many other works of art in the Abruzzo museum, suffered only minimal damage, which has since been repaired.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor:The Beffi Triptych has been lent by the Soprintendenza dell'Abruzzo e la Direzione Regionale dell'Abruzzo. Its presentation at the National Gallery of Art is made possible by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C.

An informational handout, which is made possible by the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, is available at the Gallery.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, June 15, 2009–January 10, 2010