The Fitzwilliam Museum Succeeds in Purchasing Poussin’s Extreme Unction

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
Extreme Unction
Oil on Canvas - 95.5 x 121 cm
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum
Photo : Fitzwilliam Museum

1/11/12 - Acquisition - Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum - The Fitzwilliam Museum has just announced on its site that it finally succeeded in acquiring Extreme Unction (ill.), one of The Seven Sacraments painted by Poussin for Cassiano del Pozzo which the Duke of Rutland decided to put up for sale last year. A fundraising campaign had subsequently been launched by the English museum last August (see news item of 13/8/12) and we should recall of course that Ordination had been purchased by the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth in 2011 (see news item of 1/7/11, in French).

The Fitzwilliam needed to find 3.9 million pounds (a relatively low price given the actual market value of the work). The goal was reached thanks to considerable help from the Heritage Lottery Fund with a grant of £3 million, the rest provided by the campaign which brought in £692,000 with a large share contributed by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam and an additional £100,000 donated by the Art Fund (in its name) which then also raised another £142,000.

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Didier Rykner, vendredi 2 novembre 2012

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