The Flight into Egypt by Nicolas Poussin acquired thanks to patronage

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
The Flight Into Egypt
Oil on canvas - 97 x 133 cm
Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts

18/07/2007 — Acquisition — Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts The Flight Into Egypt by Nicolas Poussin will in fact be displayed permanently at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Lyon, after the French government reached an agreement with the owners to buy it for 17 million euros.

According to the press statement released by the Ministry of Culture, the work was acquired for the Musée du Louvre but will be immediately entrusted to the Musée de Lyon. The Louvre itself played an important part in this acquisition by working actively to bring about the purchase and contributing a share of its own funding. Over twenty companies participated in the operation including AXA, Total, Webhelp and the Mazars Group. On its end, the museum in Lyon had brought together, with the help of the Léa and Napoléon Bullukian Foundation, a circle of firms [1] to raise funds. The city of Lyon and the Rhône-Alpes Region also participated in the acquisition.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 18 juillet 2007


[1] These firms are : Caisse d’Epargne Rhône-Alpes, Crédit Agricole Centre-Est, Seb, BioMérieux, Toupargel, CIC Lyonnaise de Banque, GL Events, Siparex Associés, GFC Construction, JC Decaux, the Bonnet CPA Practice.

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