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    Museum of Arts - Statue of Antoinette de Fontette.

    by breughel Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    Tombstone of Antoinette de Fontette.

    On the ground floor of the Musée des Beaux Arts stands a remarkable, even surprising polychrome stone statue which is a masterpiece of the Burgundy art of the 16th c.
    It is the praying tombstone of Antoinette de Fontette, Lady of the castle of Verrey-sous-Drée in Burgundy around 1550. She is kneeling and offers her hart to God.
    The noble Antoinette de Fontette is dressed (according to my documentary search) with a ""robe à manches fraisées et d'un corselet à bouillons".
    I'm unable to translate in English and, worse, I doubt it might be of any interest for the Lambda tourist.

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    Dans une salle du rez-de chaussée se trouve une remarquable, plutôt étonnante, statue en pierre polychromée qui est un chef d'œuvre de l'art bourguignon de la moitié du XVIe siècle.
    Il s'agit de la statue priante d'Antoinette de Fontette, Dame de Verrey-sous-Drée en Bourgogne vers 1550. La défunte, agenouillée, présente son cœur à Dieu.
    Ma recherche documentaire m'informe qu'elle est habillée d'une "robe à manches fraisées et d'un corselet à bouillons". Je me posais effectivement des questions concernant la mode à cette époque!

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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (Introduction).

    by breughel Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    Museum, cour de Bar, Palais des Ducs de Bourgogne.

    The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon or Museum of Fine Arts has in common with The Louvre Museum to be housed in a palace.
    It's a very fine museum which I really recommend if you are in Burgundy. It will take you 1 - 2 hours to visit most of it.

    The Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne (Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy) is a well preserved assembly of buildings in the centre of Dijon of which the oldest part from the 14th and 15th century was the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy. The "Tour de Bar" tower overlooks the city.
    What can be seen today was mostly built in the 17th and 18th centuries, in a classical style. The palace houses the Museum and the city's town hall.
    The museum of fine arts, open to the public since 1799, is one of the oldest museums of France. The collections were extended during the following centuries.
    Most important was the acquisition in 1827 of the magnificent tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy, Philip the Bold and John the Fearless which are displayed with other marvels of art of the court of Burgundy in the Salle des Gardes. Previously these tombs were housed at the Chartreuse de Champmol outside Dijon.

    Art is not limited to the Burgundy period. The museum houses a large collection of arte facts from later centuries. You will find here paintings from the Romantic and Impressionist schools but also Egyptian antiquities.

    Open each day except Tuesday. Access by the "cour de Bar".
    From 2/05 - 31/10 from 9.30 h till 18.00 h
    From 2/11 - 30/04 from 10.00 h till 17.00 h
    Closed 1/01, 1/05, 8/05, 14/07, 1/11, 11/11 and 25/12.

    Admission is free (to the permanent collections).
    Audioguide in French, English & German : 4 €

    Photos allowed (without flash or tripod).

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    Place d'Armes

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 17, 2009

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    This is the main square of historical buildings, including the Hall of the 'Etats' of Burgundy, the King's Equestrian Statue, Tower of the Great Dukes, etc., AND the Tourist Office at one end, which sells souvenirs, including Mustard and Wines.

    One can easily spend most of a day just in this area, if you tour the various buidings. Even if you have just a short time, the Plaza is very interesting and there are several restaurants in the area.

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    Walk the Streets of Old Dijon

    by ViajesdelMundo Written Jun 17, 2009

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    We arrived on a late Saturday afternoon in April, and the throngs of villagers were out shopping! It was very delightful walking around the old city, dodging others, looking in shops, taking photos and stopping in the Place Francois Rude at one of the watering holes for a drink. The rain showers were holding off, so we joined the many others at outside tables, altho it was a littler cooler than we are used to.

    Lots of shops, quaint streets, history and of course people watching.

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    Around Dijon

    by PierreZA Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    Arc de Trioph - Dijon

    About 20-30 km from Dijon you can visit Gevrey-Chambertin. Fixin and Brochon. Although so close to Dijon, it is a total different atmosphere and experience. These village are very representative of the Burgundy wine region, with vineyards, wine-tasting cellars etc.
    You can visit my place on Burgundy for more info.

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    Darcy Gardens

    by aquatic Written Dec 25, 2008

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    Darcy Gardens, Dijon, France

    These gardes laid out on different levels in the center of the town. Pompon's White Bear, as a guard, protects the garden. This sculpture brought fame to the sculptor from Burgundy. The garden dates back to the 19th century and reminds of an italian one.
    Very luxurious setting in the center of Dijon, this park is a part of Owl walk. You can start or end your walk here.

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    St. Michael's Church

    by aquatic Written Dec 25, 2008

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    St. Michael's Church, Dijon, France

    As other famous French churches this one also has mixed architecture styles. Especially the front which was built when the new architecture style arrived: Renaissance. Nevertheless the church belongs to the Flamboyant Gothic period. The Last Judgment above the main doorway deserves special attention.

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    Dijon Museum of Art

    by aquatic Updated Dec 25, 2008

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    Dijon Museun of Art

    This museum opened its doors at 1787. It is located in the Palace of the Dukes in the center of the town. The collection is famous for its Flemish and Burgundian parts and for the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy. To me the most impressive part of the tombs was the monks at the base of the one of the tombs. So many with so different faces…
    Original installation through the museum made our visit even more interesting and exciting: beds, pillows, little animals and even more beds throughout the halls… We could sleep, lay down or sing along with the strange songs we heard looking at the paintings and sculptures.
    I spent there about 3 hours and had more fun than in any other museum ever.

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    Beaux Arts: Some Burgundian Art Treasures

    by hquittner Written Oct 5, 2008

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    Presentation at the Temple-Champaigne (17C)
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    The museum is proud of the local artists it has nurtured or outsiders it has encouraged when Burgundy was powerful. Philippe de Champaigne (17C) was born in Flanders but became French and a prominent location is reserved for his large religious canvas of the "Presentation at the Temple". On the ceiling of the Statue Gallery is a Pierre-Paul Prud'hon "copy" of a Cortone ceiling in the Barberini Palace in Rome "Triumph of Religion" (1787). He was the first Roman scholarship winner of the Beaux Arts and did this as a demonstration of what he had learned. Among a select number of 17-19C French canvases are displayed two busts, one of Jean-Philippe Rameau who was born in Dijon, by Caffieri, the other sittting before an emblematic Aubisson Tapestry is of Louis XIV by Coysevox. The entry to the museum is via the remains of the Sainte Chapelle which holds many ancient statues and in a protected niche displays a golden crown and an 11C crozier, both covered by an old wooden door bearing the seal of the Golden Fleece. With displays like this one wanders through the entire museum continually encountering its treasures in room after room.

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    Examine the Console of the Trumeau (3)

    by hquittner Written Sep 30, 2008

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    On the support below the statue of St. Michel (the trumeau)are more examples of how far sculpture has progressed. These figures are like those on the facets of medieval cloister capitals, Here a mixture of Biblical and Mythological characters compete for recognition: identify Leda the Swan, Solomon judging, Hercules, John the Baptist and more.

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    St.Michel Church:Sculptural Work on the Facade (2)

    by hquittner Written Sep 30, 2008

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    Besides the work of the tympanum, considerable sculptural work adorns the Church St.-Michel, especially the facade where above the porch there are 6 medallion busts of the 4 Prophets:Daniel. Baruch, Isaiah and Ezekiel plus David and Moses. Careful sculptural treatments adorn the portal door jambs and recessed arches, which are rich with herald angels playing instruments, etc. Even the wood doors are carved with religious figures.

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    Visit the Church of St.-Michel (1)

    by hquittner Written Sep 30, 2008

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    St. Michel is a 15C late Flamboyant cathedral-like church. However its west front (built last is Renaissance. The lower level with three portals demarcates the interior as usual, but the strong horizontal decoration of the projecting porch before them and the many busts of the Prophets plus Moses and David emphasize the horizontal. The 4 story lateral towers have windows surrounded by the classical orders and have height limiting decorated dome caps. (In fact all of the towers and other upward projections on the church have varied treatments of their tops to limit their upward thrust. The central portal has a Florentine-style (not Gothic) vivid treatment of the Last Judgement (by Nicolas de Cour, mid-16C). The statue in front, appropriately 16C, replaces an earlier one destroyed during the Revolution. The console of this statue is carved with four fanciful panels (illustrated in anotherTip)

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    Study the Facade of Notre Dame Church

    by hquittner Written Sep 29, 2008

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    Lateral View of West Facade Notre Dame
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    Notre Dame is a mid-13C Gothic church. Its West front is most unusual. It has a 3-bayed porch topped by two galleries and three horizontal rows of "gargoyles". (They are not really gargoyles because they have no water diverting function). The original figures were removed in earlier centuries for fear of falling accidents. These were designed by V.-le-Duc in the 19C. (He had a "thing" about gargoyles). The sculpture of the portals was completely defaced during the Revolution. Above all this at the South end of the facade on its proper platform is Jacquemart (See Tip Under Customs).

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    Old Houses an& Streets: Rue de la Chouette (3)

    by hquittner Updated Sep 28, 2008

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    Hotel Vogue
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    The Rue de la Chouette (the Owl) runs along the North edge of the Church of Notre Dame, one street north of the palace. Just beyond the apse of the church on the north side of the street is the finest Hotel pariculier in Dijon, the Hotel Vogue. This 17C mansion and grounds can be visited as far as the inner courtyard, It has a roof of the “typical” Burgundy tiles. The multiple entrance archways are elaborately carved. Up the street to the West is the Maison Milliere (#10) which is half-timbered above with carved posts and stone below. Abother unrestoredd half-timbered house sits a little further down the street.. This street alsoaccomodates the apse of the church upon the buttress of which is carved a plump owl (This will be treated in a separate Tip under Customs); it is from this that the street derives its name. Just to the East of the Hotel Vogue, the rue Verrerie leads North. On the right side of that street are two more half-timbered houses with carved posts.

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    Old Houses & Streets: Rue des Forges (2)

    by hquittner Written Sep 28, 2008

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    Hotel Milsand
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    On the same street as the Hotel Chambellan (#34)to its left are two more fine Hotels. The nearest is the Hotel Milsand (#38), where the Chambellans lived until they acquired #34. The facade decorations however are from the latter part of the 16C and extend to the roof dormers. Immediately left (#40) of this is the Hotel Aubriot with a classical doorway superimposed upon a 13C building with an arcade. Down the street to the East one can see the Tour Philippe-le-Bon rising above the wall of the Palace. It is possible to climb to the terrace of the tower for an elevated view of Dijon.

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