Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
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Being one of the oldest museums in France, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon was founded in 1787 during the Age of Enlightenment. It is known for its collections in relation with the dukes of Burgundy, for the richness of its encyclopedic collections stretching from Egyptian art to the 20th century as well as the historical interest of the building that holds them, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.
The history of the Fine Arts Museum goes back to the creation of the art school by François Devosge in 1766.
His collections, which have been presented within the Museum since 1787, represent the beginnings of the museum’s collections.
It is located in the former palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and in the eastern part of the Palace of the Estates.
The museum opened its doors to the public in 1799 and gradually spread out within the palace being enriched by imperial grants, deposits by the State, donations and legacies. What to see
As one of the largest museums of France, le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon is known for its rich collections of sculptures, paintings, art objects and various other items from the past.
It is made up of two rooms, the Statues Room – intended for sculpture, and the Salon Condé – for paintings, which celebrates the glory of the Condés, governors of Burgundy.
Those interested in a specific historical age can admire various stunning items from Antiquity, Middle-Age, Renaissance as well as masterpieces stretching from the 17th century to the 21st century.
Among the attractions of the museum, you can find the tombs of Philippe le Hardi and Jean sans Peur, the collection of German and Swiss primitives (the most important in France) and the collection of French paintings, rich in artists dating back to the time of Louis XIV, not forgetting the collection of contemporary art.
The museum also holds extra-European collections, such as ceramic and Islamic glasses, weapons and oriental caskets, ancient ivories of Africa, everyday objects and African ceremonial masks, Chinese, Japanese porcelains, and Korean stoneware, Tibetan and Indian sculptures and pre-Columbian ceramics.
The Musée include a large and varied collection of art:
- Various remains of the lavish court of the Dukes of Burgundy, including the famous tombs of Philip the Bold, John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria with their mourners from the Chartreuse of Champmol.
- A collection of Egyptian antiquities with a rare series of Fayum mummy portraits
- A collection of Roman art from Switzerland and Germany unique in France
- Some famous works from the Renaissance, 17th and 18th centuries, including works by Melchior Broederlam, Verrocchio, Robert Campin (known as the Master of Flémalle), Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian, Jacopo Pontormo, Paolo Veronese, Jan Brueghel the Elder, Guido Reni, Georges de La Tour, Rubens, Philippe de Champaigne, Charles Le Brun, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Hubert Robert
- A balanced representation of different currents of 19th century and a significant body of work of the sculptor Pompon
- A section of modern art including Granville gift: Théodore Géricault, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Alfred Sisley, Georges Braque, Juan Gris, Georges Rouault
- Representative works of the school of Paris from 1950 to 1970 with Charles Lapicque, Vieira da Silva, Nicolas de Staël