La galerie David d’Angers ,Angers

Here is another perfect example of the multitude of choices we have in my belle France. I have come to Angers several times, and even had lunch there with my boss who is and lives there. I have chosen several monuments including the fine arts museum, but this part which is just an annex next to it I overlooked telling you about yikes! Time to remedy this forgetfulness of mine.

Let me tell you a bit more on the Gallery of David of Angers or La galerie David d’Angers annex to the Fine Arts Museum or musée des Beaux-Arts of Angers. It is part of the Toussaint complex which includes the garden and  fine arts museum, the David d’Angers gallery and the municipal library.

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The galerie David d’Angers or  David d’Angers gallery is a museum located in Angers in Maine-et-Loire dept 49 ,in the region of Pays de la Loire. It is on the site of the former Toussaint abbey.

It is dedicated to the works of the sculptor David d’Angers, from whom it takes his name. The collection is mainly composed of original plasters which are the preparatory stages for bronze or marble sculpture. An Angevin artist Pierre-Jean David d’Angers, sculptor, medalist and designer of the 19C, produced a large quantity of works. In 1811, he offered the city of Angers three of these rewarded works and from 1839 the city of Angers dedicates an exhibition space to him, located for almost one hundred and fifty years in the refectory of the Museum of Fine Arts. At the beginning of the 20C, the museum’s most important sculpture collection is that of David d’Angers, comprising more than 400 pieces given by the artist, completed in 1903 by the donation of Mrs. Leferme, wife of David-d’Angers.

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In the early 1980s the decision was made to transfer the exhibition to the old Toussaint abbey, dating from the 12C and completely restructured in 1984. The roof and its frame, for example, were made of metal beams completely covered with glass panels allowing natural overhead light to pass, the whole being decorated with local materials such as tufa and slate The David d’Angers gallery is created in 1983 and inaugurated on May 22, 1984 to the public.

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The works of David d’Angers are today scattered in several parts of the world, mainly in Europe and the United States. The David d’Angers gallery provides access to the works in a unique place, the collection of which mainly consists of plaster workshop models. There are statues, busts and medallions. The sculpture collections, imposing by their size, are placed at a low level so as to create a perspective from the mezzanine. You can see a major work there, consisting of preparatory work for the realization of the pediment of the Pantheon in Paris including a sculpture made in the third and visible at eye level..The mezzanine accommodates the smallest works, drawings, busts of literary personalities, politicians or friends of David, as well as a hundred medallions.

The David d’Angers gallery offers a renewed display of its collections. This is how the establishment presented in 2014 the artist’s drawings for the decor of the Odéon theatre in Paris for example. A nice addition to see while in Angers!

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

The museums of Angers on the gallery David d’Angers in English: Museums of Angers on the gallery of David d’Angers

Tourist office of Angers on the Gallery of David d’Angers in English: Tourist office of Angers on the Gallery David d’Angers

And voilà a wonderful spot in city center Angers not to miss… well I did came back and on my blog too. Hope you enjoy the Galerie David d’Angers as we did

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

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