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Musée des Beaux Arts-Palais Fesch

Musée des Beaux Arts-Palais Fesch Review

Adjacent to the Chapelle Impérial, this internationally recognized museum houses one of the most important collections from the Napoleonic era; it's undoubtedly one of the most significant displays in France of ancient Italian masterpieces spanning the 14th–20th centuries.The massive treasure trove of objets d'art, sculptures, and paintings is impressive on scale alone—there are nearly 18,000 items, including nearly 16,000 awe-inspiring works from Italian painters. Seek out the dramatic realism of Neapolitan baroque artists Giordano and Giaquinto; view Renaissance masters Botticelli, Titian, Veronese and Fra Bartolomeo—all part of an astounding inventory that belonged to Napoléon's uncle, Cardinal Fesch, archbishop of Lyon and art lover, following the French Revolution. Thanks to his nephew's military conquests, the cardinal was able to amass (steal, some would say) many celebrated Old Master paintings, the most famous of which are now in Paris' Louvre. The museum's beautiful vaulted corridors, recently renovated for nearly €7 million, also showcase 700 paintings, portraits, still lifes, and sculptures from the First and Second Empire from the French school. Don't miss the new gallery with engravings and drawings depicting historic Corsica. The building itself, constructed by the cardinal as the Institute of Arts and Sciences, dates back to 1837.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 50-52 rue Cardinal Fesch, Ajaccio, 20000
  • Phone: 04–95–21–48–17
  • Cost: €8
  • Hours: Oct.–Apr., Mon., Wed., and Sat. 10–5; Thurs., Fri., and 3rd Sun. of each month noon–5. May–Sept., Mon., Wed. and Sat. 10:30–6; Thur., Fri., and Sun. noon–6
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  • Location: Ajaccio
Updated: 12-05-2012

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