Revisit the Hotel d’Assezat, Toulouse!

This is a must, one good reason to come to Toulouse, the pink city. I have walked by  here many times and last came in to visit in 2010 yes your are reading right. So much to see in this wonderful city, re visit and will be back again. The Hôtel d’Assézat was a pity to wait this long to be back.

I have written briefly on it from an old picture I had , much on its history. This is my previous post in my blog. Previous post in blog on the Hotel d’Assezat

It is time I tell you a bit more and newer photos of 2020! This is my take on the museum and property of the Hôtel d’Assézat of Toulouse.

Located a short distance from Place Esquirol, the Hôtel d’Assézat is a private mansion, built in 1555-1557 on plans by Nicolas Bachelier, the greatest Toulouse architect of the Renaissance. Behind a monumental wooden portal hides an interior courtyard, renovated in 1993. It houses the Bemberg Foundation museum since 1995, which presents a collection of art, including painting, from the 15C to the beginning of the 20C.


Beyond the entrance pavilion, the buildings bordering the main courtyard have independent access. If the entrance to reception and living rooms ,genuinely furnished in the 17C is via the high steps of the main staircase, under the pavilion, a paved descent provides access to food services with kitchens and outbuildings in the basement before emerging into the backyard which combines shed, barn and stable.


The third side of the courtyard is dominated by the loggia. This elevated gallery covered with a slate roof with dormer windows is the ideal place to receive loved ones and clients. As for the Chapter Tower, the tallest private tower in Toulouse, it houses two terraces, a covered walkway and at its summit a “tempietto” or small temple.


The story goes that following the episode known as the Deliverance from Toulouse where Catholics drive Protestants out of the city, Pierre d’Assézat had to go into exile, returning sporadically to the banks of the Garonne river until his death in the summer of 1581 The hotel remained in the family fold until 1761, when it was sold to Nicolas-Joseph Marcassus de Puymaurin, a cloth merchant.


In the middle of the 18C, the Hôtel d’Assézat once again became, as in the Renaissance, a formidable laboratory of artistic modernity, under the impetus of Nicolas-Joseph Marcassus de Puymaurin, its owner. He contributed, among other things, to the birth of the Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture and played a prominent role in the organization of the Toulouse Salons. A great art collector, he brought together the works of Rivalz, Despax or Carrache and allows the hatching of Jacques Gamelin. This appetite for the dissemination of knowledge and the arts is found in Théodore Ozenne. In 1895, this wealthy business banker bought the building and bequeathed it to the City of Toulouse on the condition that it housed the Academies and Learned societies there. A century later, Dominique Baudis left part of the building at the disposal of Georges Bemberg in order to house his rich private collection.

The museum once going up the steps houses in the first floor the Salle Venice showcasing the Venetian school of the 18C with work of Canaletto, Guardi, Teipolo, etc. It also has art from the 16C with paintings by Véronése, Titien, and Tintoret. The floor continues with work of Pourbus, Brueghel, Van Dyck and Pieter de Hooch etc. There are bronces from the Renaissance rare books, precious objects, furniture, tapestries etc.


At the 2nd Floor, you have a room dedicated to Bonnard and as well the modern French school with work by Matisse, Degas, and Monet etc.


Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official museum Bemberg foundation

Tourist office of Toulouse on Hotel d’Assezat

And there you go like I said a must to visit while in Toulouse. You have arts, architecture ,and history all in one building. A Toulouse tradition that is kept alive, live it. Enjoy it, the Hôtel d’Assézat

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


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