The Musée National de la Renaissance Purchases an Enamel by Léonard Limosin

Léonard Limosin (c.1505-1575)
Ulysse, c.1540
Enamel - 31.2 x 25 cm
Ecouen, Musée national de la Renaissance
Photo : Musée national de la Renaissance

11/7/12 - Acquisition - Ecouen, Musée national de la Renaissance - At the Bergé-Saint-Laurent auction in 2009, the Musée de la Renaissance in Ecouen had acquired a large enamel by Léonard Limosin, Pâris, part of a series representing the ill-fated lovers (see news item of 25/2/09), which joined another piece it already owned (identified as Deianira) ; since then, two others, Jason and Orestes, have been placed on deposit by the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Blois.

Seventeen enamels are thus known from a total ensemble which obviously included more. Only fifteen have been located [1]. This Ulysses, which no doubt had a Penelope as a companion piece but which has not been located, is the eleventh to join a French public collection.
This purchase was made possible thanks to patronage from the Vygon firm, created in 1962 in Ecouen, and which since 1992 has been an active patron of the Musée de la Renaissance. The work, declared a cultural asset of major heritage interest, will benefit from tax deductions applied towards the acquisition of national treasures.
Finally, we would like to underscore the role played by Christie’s in this purchase : after the work was presented to them abroad, the auction house thought of the Musée de la Renaissance and immediately contacted them so they could have first choice in purchasing it.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 17 juillet 2012


[1] In our news item of 25 February 2009, we had written there were fifteen which were known, according to the information gathered in the article by Thierry Crépin-Leblond in the Revue de l’Art ; however, the information was to be interpreted as "whose whereabouts are known". The whereabouts of two enamels from the series auctioned in 1981 remain unknown.

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