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Being one of the oldest museums in France, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon was founded in 1787 during the Age of Enlightenment. It is known for its collections in relation with the dukes of Burgundy, for the richness of its encyclopedic collections stretching from Egyptian art to the 20th century as well as the historical interest of the building that holds them, the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy.
The history of the Fine Arts Museum goes back to the creation of the art school by François Devosge in 1766.
His collections, which have been presented within the Museum since 1787, represent the beginnings of the museum's collections. It was initially made up of two rooms, the Statues Room - intended for sculpture, and the Salon Condé - for paintings, which celebrates the glory of the Condés, governors of Burgundy.
It is located in the former palace of the Dukes of Burgundy and in the eastern part of the Palace of the Estates.
The museum opened its doors to the public in 1799 and gradually spread out within the palace being enriched by imperial grants, deposits by the State, donations and legacies.
As one of the largest museums of France, le Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon is known for its rich collections of sculptures, paintings, art objects and various other items from the past.
Those interested in a specific historical age can admire various stunning items from Antiquity, Middle-Age, Renaissance as well as masterpieces stretching from the 17th century to the 21st century.
Among the attractions of the museum, you can find the tombs of Philippe le Hardi and Jean sans Peur, a collection of German and Swiss primitives (the most important in France) and a collection of French paintings, rich in artists dating back to the time of Louis XIV, not forgetting the collection of contemporary art.
The museum also holds extra-European collections, such as ceramic and Islamic glasses, weapons and oriental caskets, ancient ivories of Africa, everyday objects and African ceremonial masks, Chinese, Japanese porcelains, and Korean stoneware, Tibetan and Indian sculptures and pre-Columbian ceramics.
The museum holds a large and varied collection of art:
Lorenzo Lotto, Portrait of a Woman, c.1505.
Titian, The Virgin, the Child, Saint Agnes and Saint John the Baptist, mid-16th c.
Paolo Veronese, The finding of Moses, 1713
Jan Brueghel the Elder, The castle of Mariemont, 1612
Georges de La Tour, The Blower with a lamp, 1649
Giambattista Tiepolo, The Education of the Virgin, c.1720-1722
James Tissot, The Japanese at the bath, 1864
Claude Monet, Etretat the Aval door: fishing boats leaving the harbour, 1885