Museum of Fine Arts and Lace of Alençon!!

And the beat goes on in this wonderful off the beaten path city of Alençon in the Orne dept 61 of the region of Normandy in my belle France! There is so much to see and I am just tapping the surface. Enjoy the museum of fine arts and lace of Alençon!

The Musée des Beaux Arts et la Dentelle or Museum of Fine Arts and Lace of Alencon, adjoining the library, is devoted, to the schools of French and Italian painting of the 4C to the beginning of the 20C and to the arts of Cambodia at 1900. Temporary exhibitions, especially on famous fashion designers, are organized regularly.


In 1857, an establishment intended to spread the taste of the arts and sciences was officially founded in Alençon, following a regrouping of a cabinet of natural history and some works created after the French revolution.

It was in the second half of the 19C that most of the museum’s collection was formed. Among the donors are Chennevières, Horace His de La Salle, Leriche, Jacquette, Noblesse, etc. But it was not until the end of the 19C  that the lace of Alençon made its appearance in the museum. The Museum of Fine Arts and Lace currently occupies part of the former Jesuit College restored in 1981. In 2018, the Polish artist of urban art NeSpoon intervenes on the facade of the museum


The Museum of Fine Arts and Lace exhibits paintings by among others Willem Key, Philippe de Champaigne, Le Dominiquin, Antonie Palamedesz, Nicolas Maes, Pieter Boel, Luca Giordano, Charles de la Fosse, Jean Jouvenet, Alexandre-François Desportes, Jean-Francois de Troy, Jean Restout, Etienne Allegrain, Charles-Paul Landon, Charles Thevenin, Jean-Paul Laurens, Gustave Courbet, Henri Fantin-Latour, Eugene Boudin, Georges Lacombe, and Bernard Buffet.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here and you must are

Official museum of fine arts and lace of Alencon

City of Alencon on the museum of fine arts and lace

Tourist office of Alencon on the museum of fine arts and lace

And there you go a gem in off the beaten path Alençon in the Orne 61 of Normandy. You will do well to take a detour just for it. Hope you enjoy the introduction of the Museum of Fine Arts and Lace.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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