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National Gallery hires Sotheby’s specialist

Letizia Treves has left Sotheby’s to lead museum's curatorial department

In one of the most high-profile moves from the private sector to the museum world in recent years, Letizia Treves has left Sotheby’s to join London’s National Gallery. The senior director and senior specialist in the London auction house’s Old Master paintings department for the past 17 years, Treves has been appointed head of the National Gallery’s curatorial department and curator of Italian painting 1600-1800. “We welcome the fresh perspective she will bring to the National Gallery,” says a spokeswoman for the museum. "Such high profile moves from the art trade to the museum world are rare, but greatly to be encouraged," says Bendor Grosvenor, a co-director at the Philip Mould gallery in London.

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