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Fitzwilliam Museum wants £14 million Poussin painting – UPDATED

August 14, 2012

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Extreme Unction, 1638 – 1640 which the Fitzwilliam Museum is hoping to buy.

Success – According to a press release posted by ArtDaily: A campaign by the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Art Fund to raise £3.9m to enable the museum to acquire Nicolas Poussin’s masterpiece Extreme Unction (c. 1638-40) has reached a successful conclusion with the help of a substantial grant of £3,021,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the acquisition and outreach work, and almost £1m in donations from members of the public and charitable organisations.

The Fitzwilliam has succeeded in acquiring Nicolas Poussin’s “Extreme Unction.”

The original coverage:

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has mounted a fundraising campaign to purchase one of the seven sacraments by Nicolas Poussin. According to Cambridge News:

The Cambridge University museum has launched an appeal to the public to help fund the purchase of Nicolas Poussin’s masterpiece Extreme Unction – after it was offered to them at a cut-price of £3.9 million through a Government scheme.

One of Poussin’s surviving Seven Sacraments, it is widely thought by critics to be the finest work from “one of the most remarkable series of paintings ever conceived”, the museum said.

The 17th century classical masterpiece, which depicts a dying man being anointed with oil, is already housed in the museum, but it is owned by The 11th Duke of Rutland’s 2000 Settlement.

Dr Timothy Potts, director of the museum in Trumpington Street, said: “This would be the most significant old master painting acquired by the Museum in nearly a century and would transform our representation of French art and of the classical tradition through a masterpiece by the greatest French painter of the 17th century.”

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