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    Museum Fine Arts - Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter.

    by breughel Written Mar 8, 2010

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    I ignored - shame on me - that Hebe was Zeus and Hera's youngest daughter and the goddess of youth and immortality. She was the cup bearer who served nectar to the Olympian Gods to give them everlasting youth.
    The eagle of Zeus-Jupiter is the symbol of power and attribute of the god. In this statue the eagle can be considered as the messenger of Jupiter or his incarnation.

    It is a superb marble statue, 2.50 m high, captivating all museum visitors. If you look at her back (photo 2) you have the impression that the wings of the eagle form part of the body of Hebe.
    This statue, a highlight of the museum, was made by François Rude (Dijon 1784 - 1855) at the end of his life on order of his birth town.

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    J'avoue, à ma grande honte, que j'ignorais que Hébé était la fille de Zeus et d'Héra et la sœur de Mars. Pour les Romains c'était la déesse de la jeunesse, elle servait le nectar aux dieux de l'Olympe. La coupe tendue au bout de son bras est remplie de ce nectar de jeunesse.
    L'aigle de Jupiter-Zeus est le symbole de la puissance et l'attribut de la divinité. Dans cette statue il peut être considéré comme le messager de Jupiter ou son incarnation.

    La statue a été réalisée par François Rude (Dijon 1784 - 1855) à la fin de sa vie pour répondre à la demande de sa ville natale.
    C'est une superbe statue en marbre (2,50 m de haut) qui ne manque pas de captiver le regard des visiteurs. Si vous l'approchez de dos vous avez l'impression que les ailes de l'aigle font partie du corps même d'Hébé.

    Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter. Hebe and the Eagle of Jupiter (back).
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    Museum of Fine Arts - Paintings.

    by breughel Written Mar 7, 2010

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    Nearly all schools from Europe are on display in this museum. The medieval period is very well represented. There is Nativity by Robert Campin from the Flemish Primitive School as well as a collection from Swiss and German painters from the 15th and 16th c. which is unique in France. For the 17th and 18th c. one finds Italians, Flemish and French painters.
    The 19th c. shows the French Romantism and Impressionism. The collection ends with Cubism and Expressionism. Many styles are indeed assembled in this museum of fine arts.
    I did very much like the two portraits of Jeanne de Montagu and Hugues de Rabutin painted by the Master of St-Jean-de-Luze who was active in Burgundy around 1470.
    This is great art.

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    On peut dire que presque toutes les écoles de peinture d'Europe sont présentes dans ce musée. La période médiévale est bien représentée. Il y a des primitifs flamands avec une très belle Nativité de Robert Campin ainsi qu'un ensemble des peintures suisses et allemandes du XVe et du début du XVIe siècle qui est unique en France. En avançant dans le temps, XVII et XVIIIe siècles, on trouve les Italiens, les Flamands, les Français.
    Le XIXe siècle est représenté aussi bien par le romantisme que l'impressionnisme français. La collection se termine par le cubisme et l'expressionisme du XXe siècle. De nombreux courants artistiques sont donc représentés.

    En ce qui me concerne j'ai particulièrement aimé les deux portraits de Jeanne de Montagu et Hugues de Rabutin peints par le Maître de Saint-Jean-de-Luze actif en Bourgogne vers 1470.

    Portraits by the Ma��tre de Saint-Jean-de-Luze.
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    Museum of Fine Arts - Statue of Louis XIII child.

    by breughel Written Mar 7, 2010

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    You cannot miss this superb statue of Louis XIII child (1601-1643) at the entry to the first floor of the museum. At first sight one may think that the statue is of the 17th c. It is not; this statue was cast in bronze in 1878.
    The author is the famous sculptor François Rude from Dijon. The plaster model was cast in 1842 followed by a silver statue in 1843 on order of Honoré d'Albert de Luynes.
    François Rude is well known for a number of statues in Paris, among others the "Départ des volontaires de 1792" on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
    There is a Rude museum in Dijon.

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    Vous ne pouvez pas manquer cette statue qui trône sur le pallier de l'étage du musée.
    Contrairement à ce que l'on pourrait croire, à première vue, nous n'avons pas ici une œuvre du XVIIe siècle mais bien de 1878, année à laquelle cette statue en bronze de Louis XIII enfant a été fondue.
    L'auteur de la statue est le célèbre dijonnais François Rude qui en a fait le plâtre original en 1842. Une première version en argent fut fondue en 1843 sur commande d'Honoré d'Albert de Luynes. François Rude est l'auteur du "Départ des volontaires de 1792" sur l'Arc de Triomphe à Paris; voir aussi le musée Rude à Dijon.

    Museum of Fine Arts - Statue of Louis XIII child.
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    Museum of Arts - Statue of Antoinette de Fontette.

    by breughel Updated Mar 7, 2010

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    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!

    Tombstone of Antoinette de Fontette.
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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon (Introduction).

    by breughel Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    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).

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

    Arc de Trioph - Dijon
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    Darcy Gardens

    by aquatic Written Dec 25, 2008

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    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.

    Darcy Gardens, Dijon, France
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    St. Michael's Church

    by aquatic Written Dec 25, 2008

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    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.

    St. Michael's Church, Dijon, France
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    Dijon Museum of Art

    by aquatic Updated Dec 25, 2008

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    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.

    Dijon Museun of Art
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    Beaux Arts: Some Burgundian Art Treasures

    by hquittner Written Oct 5, 2008

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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.

    Presentation at the Temple-Champaigne (17C) Triumph of Religion (18C) Prud'hon Rameau (Caffieri) Louis XIV (Coysevox) Crown, Crozier and Seal
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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.

    St. Michel Solomon Judging; John the Baptist Leda and the Swan; Hercules 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.

    Angel Musicians on Portal Arch Baruch Medallion Moses Medallion Carving on Door Detail of Tympanum
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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)

    Church of St.-Michel Porch and Portals 4-Story Towers with Horizontal Emphasis Tower Caps Last Judgement Tympanum & St.-Michel
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