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Musée des Beaux-Arts
Housed in the Palais des Ducs, the Musée des Beaux-Arts has the most important collection of paintings in France outside of Paris. The building itself is a focal point in the city of Dijon with its old cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings which radiate from the Palais, all well worth exploring. After extensive restoration, a new vitality has come to the museum with a full programme of events each month from the exhibitions to workshops and lectures. There are new spaces for an additional 500 works now that the first phase of this ten year upgrade has been completed.
The Tombs of the Dukes of burgundy
Sophie Judge, the Director of the Musée des Beaux Arts says ‘During the late Middle Ages, the dukes of Burgundy - the wealthiest and most powerful aristocrats in northern Europe - commissioned sculptors of great renown to decorate their magnificent court in Dijon. Working in a studio presided over by Claus Sluter, these sculptors created monuments for the ducal family that rivalled contemporary Italian works. These extraordinary marble and alabaster tombs serve as platforms for the ducal figures, who rest atop fully carved arcades. Within the spaces of the arcades, the artists carved individual monks in procession. Each monk is a miniature embodiment of late medieval devotion. Shown in various states of mourning, they move in perpetual procession beneath the marble bodies of their rulers'.
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