Comments: Auckland Castle and the Zurbaran paintings

I'm thankful that I made a point to visit Auckland Castle last July when I was in England. That may have been my only opportunity to see the Zurbarans all together in the long dining room at the castle. They are stunning in their perfect setting.

I hope negotiations succeed, and the paintings remain in place.

Posted by Grandmère Mimi at Saturday, 17 December 2011 at 2:28am GMT

Oh dear.

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 17 December 2011 at 3:11am GMT

One of the points made by Mr Ruffer in his Church Times article is that the Church Commissioners made the deal dependent on '...the grant of planning consent for a mixed use but largely residential scheme on agricultural land owned by the Commissioners nearby'.

The implication of this is that the Commissioners hope to get planning permission and would then sell off part of the park(?) for housing at a vastly inflated price. Isn't this rampant capitalism of the worst sort that has blighted our towns and cities. Do ethics, and indeed common decency come into it at all? And has someone already nobbled the planing committee of the District Council?

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 17 December 2011 at 10:02am GMT

God and Mammon are rarely compatible bedfellows.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 19 December 2011 at 11:33pm GMT
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