New acquisition at the Louvre

October 31 2011

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Picture: Musee du Louvre

The Louvre has bought The Raising of Lazarus by Jean Le Clerc (1587/8-1633). It is the first painting of his to enter the Louvre's collection, and was acquired from the New York dealer Richard Feigen. Full details here

I'm struck by how often I write the above headline - much more often than, say, 'New acquisition at the National Gallery'. Looking at the Louvre's acquisition policy, it's interesting to note that the museum spends 20% of its annual revenue from admissions on new acquisitions. In 2004 (the latest figure on the site), the acquisiton budget was EUR5.4 million. Sadly, here in the UK we have no comparable regular acquisiton budgets.

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