The Museum of Decorative Arts

Bourges, France

The Museum of Decorative Arts has been housed in the Hôtel Lallemant since 1951. Its boasts collections of French and Dutch furniture, including a rare carved, engraved ebony cabinet, inlaid and japanned furniture, a set of 16th and 17th century tapestries, as well as items in faïence, enamels, ivories, glasswork, clocks, miniature furniture made by master craftsmen.

Flemish, Italian and French paintings lend an intimate atmosphere to this display. One can notice masterpieces of the 17th century: a cabaret scene by N. Tournier, an allegory by S. Vouet and a religious painting attributed to Nicolas Poussin.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Details

Founded: 1951
Category: Museums in France

More Information

www.ville-bourges.fr

Rating

4.2/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Eric Vaillier (3 months ago)
1 étoile dans le Guide vert Michelin. Gratuit.
Diego Decortes (5 months ago)
Museo meraviglioso! Da non perdere
Danièle Richot (6 months ago)
Ce musée une petite merveille datant 1506 mérite une visite par son architecture et sa collection des Arts Décoratifs
Sandrine Laruelle (7 months ago)
Belle architecture des bâtiments. Le bémol est que le nombre d'objets exposés est très limité, peu de cohérence dans chaque salle à part les artistes. Peu ou pas d'éléments contextuels sur les oeuvres A voir mais visite bouclée en 1h.
tompig 18000 (11 months ago)
Beau musée de part son architecture mais payant alors qu'il n'a plus rien à voir un musée des arts déco classic dommage
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Lübeck Cathedral

Lübeck Cathedral is a large brick-built Lutheran cathedral in Lübeck, Germany and part of the Lübeck UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1173 Henry the Lion founded the cathedral to serve the Diocese of Lübeck, after the transfer in 1160 of the bishop's seat from Oldenburg in Holstein under bishop Gerold. The then Romanesque cathedral was completed around 1230, but between 1266 and 1335 it was converted into a Gothic-style building with side-aisles raised to the same height as the main aisle.

On the night of Palm Sunday (28–29 March) 1942 a Royal Air Force bombing raid destroyed a fifth of the town centre. Several bombs fell in the area around the church, causing the eastern vault of the quire to collapse and destroying the altar which dated from 1696. A fire from the neighbouring cathedral museum spread to the truss of the cathedral, and around noon on Palm Sunday the towers collapsed. An Arp Schnitger organ was lost in the flames. Nevertheless, a relatively large portion of the internal fittings was saved, including the cross and almost all of the medieval polyptychs. In 1946 a further collapse, of the gable of the north transept, destroyed the vestibule almost completely.

Reconstruction of the cathedral took several decades, as greater priority was given to the rebuilding of the Marienkirche. Work was completed only in 1982.

The cathedral is unique in that at 105 m, it is shorter than the tallest church in the city. This is the consequence of a power struggle between the church and the guilds.

The 17 m crucifix is the work of the Lübeck artist Bernt Notke. It was commissioned by the bishop of Lübeck, Albert II. Krummendiek, and erected in 1477. The carvings which decorate the rood screen are also by Notke.

Since the war, the famous altar of Hans Memling has been in the medieval collection of the St. Annen Museum, but notable polyptychs remain in the cathedral.

In the funeral chapels of the southern aisle are Baroque-era memorials by the Flemish sculptor Thomas Quellinus.