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Musee des Augustins: photos, description (Musee des Augustins de Toulouse)

From the Augustiner Museum, which opened in Toulouse in the late XVIII century, was from the outset an ambitious goal - to provide all schools and styles of fine art. For the most part, it managed to achieve, as in the collection of the Museum contains more than four thousand works (paintings and sculptures), the earliest of which were created in the Middle ages, and the late - early XX century.

The Foundation of the Museum consisted of works of art confiscated from members of the upper class during the great French revolution. The same revolutionary "trophy" and became the Museum building, built in the early XIV century and belonged to the Augustinian monastery - this Museum got its name. The Museum is one of the oldest in France, in the 40-ies of the XIX century the building was declared historical monument.

In the same century was reorganized Museum: part of the medieval buildings were demolished and instead the project violle-Le-Duc built a new showroom. Another architect was rebuilt, the cloister in which immediately after this was posted collection of former Church property, and now in the cloister is a garden in the medieval style.

Most of the collection of the Museum are works by French artists who worked in the XVIII-XX centuries, including eugène Delacroix, Camille Corot, Gustave Corbet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Ingres and other masters of France and natives of Toulouse. You can also see works by Italian, Flemish, and Spanish painters and representatives of other European schools.

In the sculpture section of works focused on religious themes that were previously stored in the temples of Toulouse. These sculptures date back to the XII-XVI centuries. In addition to them, the sculpted craftsmanship represented by the works of Auguste Rodin and his Muse and apprentice Camille Claudel.

In Toulouse the Augustins Museum is located on Rue de Metz.