Exceptionally successful fundraiser for the Cranach purchase at the Louvre


Lucas Cranach (1472-1553)
The Three Graces, 1531
Oil on panel - 37 x 24.2 cm
Private collection
Photo : Musée du Louvre

20/12/10 – Acquisition – Paris, Musee du Louvre – The fundraising drive launched by the Louvre to acquire The Three Graces (ill.) by Lucas Cranach (see news item of 15/11/10) was not just a success, but rather a triumphant victory for the museum which did not even have to await the deadline (31 January 2010) before meeting its goal of one million euros needed to complete the 4 million total price tag set by the seller.
In fact, on 16 December 2010 the Louvre announced that it was stopping the fundraiser, barely one month after its launching. Over 5.000 donors participated with contributions ranging from 1 to 1.500 euros, the average being 150 euros. The painting will be presented by itself in a room at the Louvre from 2 March to 4 April 2011 before joining the permanent collection.

We are tremendously pleased by the results of this drive, an encouragement for the museum to repeat the operation in the future. Many masterpieces which are listed as national treasures run the risk of leaving the country and it would be a shame not to avail oneself of such a resource. Why not continue with German painting and suggest a fundraiser for the superb Friedrich now being considered by the Louvre (see news item of 17/11/10) ?


Didier Rykner, lundi 20 décembre 2010



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