Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours

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Musée des beaux-arts de Tours
Garden at Musee des Beaux Arts in Tours, France.jpg
The Musée des beaux-arts de Tours
Established 4 March 1795
Location 18, Place Francis Sicard, 37000 Tours
Coordinates 47°23′43″N 0°41′42″E / 47.3952°N 0.6949°E / 47.3952; 0.6949
Type Art museum
Website Official site

The Musée des beaux-arts de Tours (English: Museum of Fine Arts of Tours) is located in the bishop's former palace,[1] near the cathedral St. Gatien, where it has been since 1910.[2] It displays rich and varied collections, including that of painting which is one of the first in France both in quality and the diversity of the works presented.

Description[edit]

In the courtyard, there is a magnificent cedar of Lebanon[3] and a stuffed elephant in a building in front of the museum. This elephant was killed because of a bout of madness during a circus parade by the "Barnum & Bailey" circus in the streets of Tours on 10 June 1902.

The museum has over 12,000 works but only 1,000 are on show to the public.[4] On the ground floor, the museum has a room especially dedicated to Tours art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.[5]

The museum was classified as a monument historique on 27 June 1983.[6]

Collections[edit]

The museum has a large and fairly homogeneous collection of paintings, which includes several masterpieces such as two paintings by Andrea Mantegna, from the predella of the San Zeno Altarpiece:

Photos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). Musées des la Région Centre. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Visite du musée des beaux-arts de Tours" (in French). France 3. January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). Webmuseo. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Bordier, Dominique (15 December 2010). "Dans les réserves du musée des Beaux-arts de Tours". La Nouvelle République (in French). Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Rykner, Didier (19 January 2010). "Acquisition et accrochage: actualité du Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours" (in French). La Tribune de l'Art. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Notice no PA00098132" (in French). Base Mérimée. Retrieved 13 January 2011.