I had to juggle our plans around a little when I discovered that this museum was closed on Monday and Tuesday so we ended up in Nancy on a Wednesday. The Museum is not right in the center of town but the tourism office had given us a self guided art nouveau walk that led to the Museum so we meandered over to it.
The visit is self guided and has many rooms decorated with beautiful art nouveau furnishings.
We picked up a brochure from the tourism office that detailed four art nouveau walking tours of Nancy, the more interesting examples are located a bit outside of the center. We visited most of the sites on the walking tours, we started through central Nancy and walked to the Musee de l'ecole de Nancy stopping by some of itinerary 4 on the way over, itinerary 3 after we visited the museum and itinerary 2 after that.
I thought #35 Villa Majorelle was one that someone who enjoys art nouveau would particularly like and also all of itinerary 2, Parc de Saurupt, was a must see. Have lunch or dinner at Brasserie Excelsior if your budget extends that far, otherwise I'm sure they have people poking their heads in for a look all the time without eating there.
The Château de Luneville is a palace since the thirteenth century belonged to the Dukes of Lorraine. It is situated in the old center of the French town of Luneville, in the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle in Lorraine...They renovating outside during our visit but still able to see inside
A fairy-tale vision out of the late Middle Ages, this 14th- and 15th-century gate is all that remains of Nancy's medieval fortifications. With its twin turrets looming at one end of the Grande-Rue, the arch served as a prison through the Revolution. Above the main portal is the Lorraine Cross, comprising a thistle and cross
The collections of the Museum of Fine Arts of Nancy show both the architectural history of the city with remnants of the fortifications from the 15th to the 17th century, a pavilion from the 18th century and a contemporary extension, as painting (Pérugin to Picasso) sculpture (Rodin, Lipchitz) and graphics (Callot, Grandville) to unique glassware Daum and regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary
The Musee Historique Lorrain offers the visitor a bond jumble of artifacts about the past of the Lorraine region and the city of Nancy
There are wonderful things to see, like the collections in the pavilion in the garden with objects from the Celtic, Roman and Merovingian time.
In the main building you can find on the ground beautiful images from the Middle Ages
The upper floors contain mostly paintings that illuminate the later history, with particular attention to the time of Stanislas, the great benefactor of Nancy
Historically valuable, but aesthetic of lesser quality. In line with the museum, which is located in the ducal palace, there is the church of the Cordeliers, with beautiful funerary sculpture. You can also find a lot of utensils from earlier times
Stanislas is the main square of Nancy the perfect harmonious square was designed in neoclassical style.The square is entirely paved with light stone laced with dark form a cross
The square is easy walking around as it's a car free area
Right in the Stanislas Square, this museum has a good colection of classical art, with some modern works.
Truly "smashing", for my taste, is a painting of Emile Fryant, from the beginning of last century that... you have to look. It lives...
Nancy's top attraction, Stanislas Square, is... perfect.
Impossible to catch in a photo, the architectural harmony of the square and the richness of the details demand a personal observation. I had the privilege twice!
The Gateway (Ponte de la Craffe) is almost all what is kept from the medieval strengthening city. It is the oldest part of Nancy’s fortifications, it was built in the 14thC and was subsequently used as a prison for many years.
In the XVIIth, another gate, called the Notre-Dame Gate, was built to further protect this entrance to the city. The two gates were separated by moats at the time.
You can watch my 4 min 03 sec Video Nancy out of my Youtube channel.
One of the most impressive churches in Nancy.
It was built in the XIX century by Prosper Morey. Saint-Epvre’s Basilica is decorated with stained glass and wood panelling in part made in Bavaria.
It was richly endowed by Napoleon III, Emperor Franz-Joseph, Ludwig II of Bavaria and Pope Pius... who donated the beautiful stone paving in the choir that came from the Appian Way.
You can watch my 2 min 10 sec Video Nancy Basilica out of my Youtube channel.
Together with a self guided or organized tour of Nancy Art Nouveau Styled buildings, a visit to The Ecole de Nancy Museum will put the visitor to Nancy in the picture, so to speak, with regards the place the city has taken in the Art Nouveau Movement which developed over the twenty years prior to World War One (late 19th C - early 20thC).
On display at the Museum are hundreds of examples of the style produced by artists, printers, draftsmen and craftsmen who considered themselves members of the Ecole de Nancy.
"Style" is the operative word. It's not just about architecture. The style pervades all aspects of living: furniture, clothing, tableware (glass and ceramics especially) as well as art and adjuncts to buildings like wrought iron work, windows and doors... etc.
A visit to this museum will stand you in good stead for your visits to other cities featuring Art Nouveau Style. Prague and Paris come to mind.
Don't neglect walking the gardens of the Ecole.
see intro above for more info
NB Museum closed Monday and Tuesday!!!
A Portuguese that we met in Vannes-le-Chatel, advised us that we should try to visit this house.
We went there, but unfortunately, it was not opened to the public, demanding a previous booking (See the details in the site École de Nancy).
We appreciated it from outside, and realized that it is mainly a symbol, because, all around it, there are many other beautiful samples of Nancy School of Art.
Searching for Majorelle Villa we went to this museum, before opening time.
We couldn't wait, and didn't enter, but, with the whole Nancy being an open museum, I'm curious: what else did they put inside? If you visit it just let me know!
The old residence of the governors of Lorraine, was a palace from the 18th century, that seems to close the square of La Carriere, when you enter from Stanislas square.
Closed to visit (?), when you approach, you may notice that it makes part of an independent complex, facing a large round area delimited by some arches, named De Gaulle square.