16 Rue du Moulin Noize, Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Beaune, Burgundy, 21200, France
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Chateau de Sully having a Day of Patrimonie
Kitchen - the spit
Suspensions de fleurs - hanging flowers on street.
Travel Tips for Beaune
The Last Judgment: Understanding Weyden's Version
In many ways van der Weyden's Last Judgment is the first modern version of the subject in art. He has basically patterned it after ancient models in his placing of Jesus above the Archangel Michael who is weighing souls that emerge from the ground below him, but he only seems to be presiding. A rainbow replaces some of the symbolism but the subdued halos remain. The heavy-souled damned are headed to his left (our right) and the saved (right-eous) the other way. In an innovative and restrained modern vein, the demons of hell are not present trying to corrupt the process, just a flaming abyss on the far edge welcomes them, while the saved, greeted by one angel proceed through a golden gate. The already blessed heroes of the past sit stolidly observing and Mary and John the Baptist quietly pray (not plead). Rogier had just returned from an Italian visit where he was widely acclaimed and produced a couple of paintings (one of which is in the Uffizi, so it can equal the other greatest museums by having at least one Weyden). While there he saw works by Fra Angelico, Gentile and undoubtedly Masaccio who was all the rage. This could only confirm his mastery and his desire to depict emotion. Be sure to look at the fleeing damned couple at the bottom of the right center panel. (Are they not derived from Masaccio’s Adam and Eve at the Brancacci Chapel?)(Most of the pictures here are derived from other sources) This fine work and the difficulties in viewing it (could Mona come to this?). This is a great way to trap tourists, but how to sell them?
Hospices de Beaune - Hotel-Dieu Part III
The last two rooms were the most interesting in my opinion. The Saint Louis room houses a series of seven tapestries woven in the 16th century, which tells the parable of the Prodigal Son, a piece showing David and a collection of the 17th century tapestry 'Ronde des Jeunes Gens'. Other items worth seeing in this room are the Gothic Chests, a fountain and statues.( click on more photos ) The Polyptych is another room further inside. The 15th century polyptych is a painting drawn in this case on 9 panels ( see main photo and click on more photos). This Masterpiece represents the Last Judgement on a rainbow. In brief the painting shows Christ in the centre panel being the Supreme Judge. Virgin Mary is on Her knees begging for mercy of the sinners, to the left of Christ the damned and to the right the blessed making their way to Heaven.
Musée Etienne-Jules Marey
The Hôtel de ville ("town hall") houses the Musée des Beaux-Arts (see the next tip) and the Musée Etienne-Jules Marey, dedicated to Etienne-Jules Marey from Beaune (1830-1904), who invented chronophotography and is therefore considered as a forerunner of cinema.
A lot of photographs and chronophotographs are exhibited in this museum. The latter are photos disposed on a circular support which you can roll, producing the effect of a moving image. It is a pretty interesting and unusual museum. I suppose photos were forbidden, since my father, who usually photographs a lot, hasn't taken any pics inside.
You can buy an inclusive ticket for this museum, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Hôtel-Dieu.
Beaune is quite a town of Bourgogne not far from the regional capital city Dijon. It was the habitual residence of the Dukes of Bourgogne until the 14th century. In spite of its dimension, it is very rich of monuments and museums and is also very renowned for its wines.
I visited Beaune with my parents in 2002. We overnighted there on the route to the Marais Poitevin and we enjoyed it a lot. Follow me through my tips to explore the beauties of this town!
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Beaune Novotel
- Novotel Beaune Hotel Beaune
Address: 16 Rue du Moulin Noize, Avenue Charles de Gaulle, Beaune, Burgundy, 21200, France