Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyons

Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyons | paintings in chronological order

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Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyons

Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyons, with 70 rooms covering 7,000 m², is the largest Fine Arts museum in France after the Louvre. It contains sculptures and paintings from the 14th to the 20th century, collections of Egyptian art, oriental art, art objects, coins, etc. Madame Delubac left her collections to the museum in 1997.

The museum is ranked first among France’s regional museums and fifth among France’s museums.
It was created in 1803 in a former twelfth century Benedictine convent by François Royer de la Valfenière. After restoration works by Philippe-Charles Dubois, Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Gabriel Mortamet that began in 1989, the current museum was inaugurated in March 1998. Thomas Blanchet (1614-1689) created the baroque statues in the Refectory and on the main stairway.  There is a tea room – restaurant with a pleasant terrace looking out onto the garden.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the museum was a precursor in acquiring Impressionist paintings (Café-Concert at Les Ambassadeurs by E. Degas, Nave Nave Mahana by P. Gaugin), which was unique for museums outside of Paris. As a reward for its daring choices, the museum obtained works of established artists such as J. Chinard (Juliette Récamier), Theodore Géricault (Portrait of a Woman Suffering from Obsessive Envy) and A. Rodin ; the museum acquired five of his sculptures (including The Temptation of St. Anthony).

Renovation, 1990-1998

In 1989, debate on the Museum’s missions led to a vast renovation project (The City of Lyon and the French State in the Context of the Major Renovation Mission). The curator, Philippe Durey, and the architects P.C. Dubois and J.M. Wilmotte undertook a complete remodeling of the building. Work was carried out in five phases, from 1990 to 1998, in order to keep the building open to the public. There are 14,500 square meters of surface area and the collections are found in 70 rooms. The Lyon Museum of Fine Arts groups the Saint-Pierre Palace, the church and the New Saint-Pierre wing. In 1997, the prestigious collection of J. Delubac (Woman Seated on the Beach by P. Picasso) considerably enriched Museum resources.


20 Place des Terreaux, 69001 Lyon, France

Open from Wed. to Mon.: 10 am-6 pm, Fri.: 10:30 am-6 pm. Till 10 pm on the first Fri. of the month (except in Aug.). Till 5 pm on Dec. 24th and 31st. Closed on bank hols.

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Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyons | paintings in chronological order

1626 -1650

Francesco Albani, Baptism of Christ

Francesco Albani, Baptism of Christ

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