The museum was established in this convent in 1793, shortly after the French Revolution, when revolutionary acts closed the institution -- then one of the city's most important monasteries -- and adapted it for public use. In addition to the fabulous paintings, a stroll through allows you to view a 14th-century monastery in all of its mystical splendor. This museum's 14th-century cloisters contain the world's largest and most valuable collection of Romanesque capitals. The sculptures and carvings are magnificent, as well as the fine examples of early Christian sarcophagi. On the upper floors is a large painting collection, with works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gérard, Delacroix, and Ingres. The museum also contains several portraits by Antoine Rivalz, a local artist and major talent.
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- Highly Recommended 2010