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Lyon Museum of fine arts: photos, description (Musee des beaux-arts de Lyon)

Museum of fine arts in Lyon is among the most important museums not only in France but also in Europe. His unique collection is stored in the former buildings of the Benedictine monastery. The Museum is located on place des Terreaux.

The monastery ceased to be a religious institution in the great French revolution. First, its premises housed the Palace of Commerce and arts, which presented the cultural values confiscated from the Church. Over time this collection has been enriched with exhibits of natural science and archaeology. From 1805 to 1860, the Palace housed the Imperial school that prepared artists for the silk factories. Then the Museum was opened here. At the end of the XX century was a large-scale restoration of the building.

Today the Museum collection includes works of art from different countries and times - from ancient to modern times. They are displayed in 70 galleries. The earliest works in the collection of paintings dated to the XV century. This collection contains paintings of the Italian, French, German, Spanish and Flemish painting - only about two thousand paintings, Veronese, Tintoretto, Perugino, Ingres, Delacroix, Sisley, Degas, Gauguin, Cézanne, Renoir, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, van Dyck and many other masters.

The sculpture collection is no less famous masters such as Michelangelo, Donatello, Rodin, Bartholdi, Maillol, Modigliani, Picasso and others. In this collection there are 1,300 works - from medieval sculpture to the sculptures of the early twentieth century. Part of this exposition can be seen in the garden of the Museum.

Department of ancient art famous for its collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The main contribution it made to the Louvre, transferred in 1895, about 400 items, and the descendants of the scientist-Egyptologist Victor Laura in the middle of the last century.

In the Museum you can also see works of art in the Middle East and Mesopotamia (Sumer, Assyria and Ancient Persia), a rich numismatic collection, ceramics from China, Japan and Korea, works of decorative art, graphics and more.