Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille

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Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille
Palais Longchamp (41637420762).jpg
The Palais Longchamp, which houses the Musée des beaux-arts and Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille
Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille is located in Marseille
Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille
Location in Marseille
Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille is located in France
Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille
Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille (France)
LocationMarseille, France
Coordinates43°18′16″N 5°23′38″E / 43.304414°N 5.393873°E / 43.304414; 5.393873Coordinates: 43°18′16″N 5°23′38″E / 43.304414°N 5.393873°E / 43.304414; 5.393873
Collection sizePaintings, sculptures, drawings

The Musée des beaux-arts de Marseille is one of the main museums in the city of Marseille, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. It occupies a wing of the Palais Longchamp, and displays a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings from the 16th to 19th centuries.


The museum is one of five created by the Consulate in 1801 in the main cities of France.[1] The basis for the collection was the seizure by revolutionaries of state property after the consular decree of 1 September 1800. Successive deposits of state property were made in 1814, 1817 and 1819, and throughout the rest of the 19th century. In 1856 the Borély collection was acquired by the museum. In 1869 the museum moved into the left wing of the Palais Longchamp.[2] As of 2012 the museum was closed for renovations.[3]


The museum is located in the right wing of the Palais Longchamp, built by the architect Henri-Jacques Espérandieu between 1862 and 1869 to commemorate the arrival in the city of waters of the Durance river through the Canal de Marseille. The building has been designated a Historical Monument. A colonnade connects the museum to the monumental central fountain of the chateau. The building has rich sculptural decoration, including the group of the Durance by Jules Cavelier and four wild animals by Antoine-Louis Barye at the entrance. On the stairs of the museum there are two paintings by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes: Marseille, gateway to the East and Marseilles, a Greek colony.[2]



The painting collection includes works of the French, Italian, Spanish and Northern (Flanders and Holland) schools.


From the French school, there is a notable collection of drawings by Pierre Paul Puget. The Italian school is represented with drawings by Pontormo, Guercino, Giovanni Lanfranco, Salvator Rosa and with twenty one Tuscan drawings from the 16th and early 17th centuries by Fra Angelico, Bartolommeo Bandinelli, Francesco Salviati, Baldassare Peruzzi, Il Sodoma and Giorgio Vasari.[1]


The museum possesses a remarkable collection of sculpture by Pierre Paul Puget (1620–1694), as well as La Méditation, a masterpiece by Auguste Rodin, offered to the museum by the artist himself.[1]




  • "Le Musée des Beaux-Arts : le plus ancien des musées marseillais". City of Marseilles. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  • "Musée des Beaux-Arts (search by city and name)". Répertoire des musées français. Ministry of Culture. Retrieved 2012-11-23.
  • "Musée des Beaux-Arts : tous les renseignements utiles". City of Marseille. Retrieved 2012-11-23.

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