US billionaire defends refusal to sell £30m Pontormo painting

The guardian | Dalya Alberge:

An American billionaire and philanthropist has attacked what he described as “false statements” made over his refusal to sell a 16th-century masterpiece to the National Gallery. J Tomilson Hill, one of the world’s foremost art collectors, spoke of feeling “battered” by criticisms that he rejected a £30.7m offer for his 1530 portrait by Jacopo Pontormo after the gallery had pulled out all the stops to raise the money… Read more

Image: Detail from Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap. The 16th-century painting is one of only 15 surviving portraits by Pontormo. Photograph: DCMS/PA