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Palais des Beaux-Arts

Reception rooms , Museum (LILLE)

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Spoken languages : anglais


The Palais des Beaux-Arts, at the centre of Lille, ranks as one of the finest museums in France, after the Louvre. Its imposing 19th-century building rises up behind the jets of a superb fountain that splashes around Eugene Dodeigne's famous sculpture, "Groupe des Trois". Inside, there are presitigous collections of European paintings (Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix...), French 19th-century paintings (David, Courbet...), sculptures from the 19th century (Rodin, Claudel, Carpeaux...), and ceramics; a Medieval and a Renaissance section, a large holding of drawings (including 40 sheets by Raphaël); as well as relief maps of the cities fortified by Vauban (18th-century models). Renovation work took place in 1997 for the refurbishment of the basement and the creation of new facilities: a room for temporary exhibitions of international scope, an auditorium, a library and a venue for educational workshops.

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