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Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille

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As the largest museum outside Paris, Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille houses the second largest collection of fine arts, antiquities, and old master paintings in France after the Louvre. Its sculptures, paintings, drawings, reliefs, and ceramics include impressive works from antiquity up to more recent times. Notable paintings include "Descent from the Cross" by Rubens, "The Birth of Venus" by Amaury Duval, and "Allegory of Worldly Vanities" by Pieter Boel. Sculptural works include the impressive "Feast of Herod" by Donatello and the bronze "Pénélope" by Émile-Antoine Bourdelle. Other old masters whose work is represented include Raphael, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Goya, El Greco, Corot, Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Claudel, and Jean-Baptiste Chardin. Besides fine arts, you can also view relief models of several towns to scale by Vauban and other planners. With our international travel planner, Lille attractions like Le Palais Des Beaux Arts de Lille can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Nice museum with nice portraits in a beautiful designed building. Not too big but enough to see in this museum with a parking in front of the door! 
    Nice museum with nice portraits in a beautiful designed building. Not too big but enough to see in this museum with a parking in front of the door!  more »
  • I visited with my 5yo - was hoping for an hour or so wandering the amazing art collection. It was good but not especially tourist friendly and very focussed on tickets, security, covid passes, masks....  more
    I visited with my 5yo - was hoping for an hour or so wandering the amazing art collection. It was good but not especially tourist friendly and very focussed on tickets, security, covid passes, masks....  more »
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  • I just visited and had to leave a review - this museum is one of the best curated I have ever been to. A huge kudos especially to the curator of the current temporary exhibition, The Magic Forest. While the art itself was stunning, even the prose of the descriptions was sublime. I felt like I was ready a sweeping epic fantasy novel - that’s how beautiful this person’s verbiage is. I also really enjoyed the integration of physical and digital throughout the museum. The digital screens, video pieces, and lighting work truly add to the experience. Don’t miss the relief maps! As a young person, I only paid 9 euros to see everything and I can say it was the best 9 euros I have spent in a while. Do not miss if you are in Lille!
  • A world-class museum, with paintings and sculptures of great artists. The museum spans a long period, and you can even focus on a specific area (e.g. sculptures) and still spend hours at the place. Two negatives: 1 - The lights are poorly placed, and the reflex blocks the view of a few paintings 2 - Signaling is a disaster. I almost missed the fantastic plan-relief models in the -1 floor!

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