The Auckland Project
Factum Foundation is working on an exciting new initiative to bring some of the masterpieces of Spanish art to County Durham, UK.
Led by the businessman and art collector Jonathan Ruffer, the Auckland Project is working to regenerate large sections of the town of Bishop Auckland, which for hundreds of years was the seat of the powerful bishopric of Durham. The project has Spanish art at its core: Ruffer first conceived of his plan to buy Castle Auckland and other properties in the town when a series of works by Francisco de Zurbarán (twelve of the thirteen paintings making up the series Jacob and his Twelve Sons), which had been in the castle since 1756, were put up for sale and threatened with removal from Bishop Auckland. Part of the redevelopment will be a new Spanish Gallery, the first museum in the UK to be devoted to Spanish art.
Factum Foundation is working with the Auckland Project and the Fundación Casa Ducal de Medinaceli to create a series of facsimiles for the new gallery, allowing the Zurbaráns to be appreciated within a wider context of Spanish Golden Age art.