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Museum of fine arts of Marseille: photo description (Musee des beaux-arts de Marseille)

Museum of fine arts of Marseille occupies the Eastern wing of the Palais Longchamp - buildings with a very interesting history, built in 1839-1869.

Beautiful facade of the Palace hid a water tower, and the construction of the Palace was timed to the opening of the Marseille canal specially dug from the river durance to supply the city with drinking water. The construction of this canal was very important for Marseille, which often broke out epidemics of dangerous diseases. After another one - the cholera epidemic that occurred in 1835, the city authorities raised taxes, and the funds received were initiated the construction of the canal. The Palace project was made by the architect Henri-Jacques Esperandieu, and the first Foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Orleans. The decoration of the Palace was a cascading fountain "water Lock", recognized as one of the most beautiful fountains in the world. Around the Palace a Park in the English and French styles, and the second wing of the Palace is another Museum of natural history. In the Park are also located in the Observatory.

Museum of fine arts in Marseille was created before was built the Palace Longchamp - in 1801. He became one of the five museums established in the largest cities of France in the company of Napoleon Bonaparte to bring art to the people. To create these museums government was transferred confiscated in the great French revolution, the nobility and the Church cultural value - of works of sacred art, painting and sculpture.

Sections of this Museum are collections of paintings of various European schools - French and in particular, paintings of Provence, Italian (XVI - XVIII century), Spanish, Flemish. The Museum has a small collection of sculptures, among which it is possible to see the work of Auguste Rodin, donated to the Museum by the master.

A subject of special pride of the Marseille Museum is a collection of works by the painter and architect Pierre Puget, who for several years lived in Marseille. This meeting is considered to be one of the largest collections of works by Puget in France.