Musée Bossuet of Meaux!!!

This is another darn good memory lane post. I have it mentioned briefly in other posts but really needs a post of its own in my blog. I have written several posts on Meaux, and this is part of the episcopal cité complex that includes the Cathedral St Etienne, the garden, the old chapterhouse, the house of rest for Le Nôtre and writings of Bishop Bossuet, and the museum! A wonderful spot to be in nostalgic Meaux!

I like to tell you a bit more on the Musée Bossuet museum beautiful. There is a museum Bossuet on the story of Bishop Bossuet, and that of the city of Meaux and the Cathedral very nice and worth going in. This time I arrive late but a nice night shot looks very nice me think. Right behind the Cathedral in what was the episcopal palace! Bishop Bossuet, the eagle of Meaux and confesseur to king Louis XIV. He lived on what is today the museum from 1682 to 1704 as Bishop of Meaux. The Fine Arts collections are presented on the first floor and the lower rooms host temporary exhibitions.

Meaux episcopal palace and mus Bossuet jun10

The museum or Musée Bossuet as I said opened in 1908  in the episcopal palace; today we can see an  aquarelle by Delacroix , and a portrait by  Courbet, given by the son of Chemistry Nobel Prize winner Henri Moissan, before going to WWI in 1914.  The museum , also , gives credit to its biggest donor the neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux, that gave it about 50 portraits and about 20 engravings.  You will see a huge herborist collection of 18 volumes given to the museum by him in the 19C.  In the Chapel , the town has put enclosed glass furniture with archeological items like a collar on shells from the Black Sea dating from  4 000 years BC.  A room is dedicated to portraits representing Bossuet.  The museum is concentrated with paintings from the 17C to the 19C, and has on display between 1000 and 1500 works.


The Fine Arts collections are presented on the first floor. Paintings and objects, assembled in the former study of Bishop Bossuet, testify to the admiration that posterity has for him. The lower rooms from the 12C host temporary exhibitions. The permanent collections of the Museum are regularly enriched by donations from J.-P. and A. Changeux, with paintings from the French school of the 17-18C. The 16C is brilliantly represented by a Deposition from the Cross by Frans Floris. The works of the Meldois painter Jean Senelle offer a particular testimony to the 17C, also illustrated by the canvases of Bon de Boullogne, Noël Coypel, François Verdier, Jean Tassel. The 18C shines with the works of Carle Van Loo, Jean-François de Troy, Charles-Antoine Coypel. The 19C collection includes paintings by Jean-François Millet, Charles Daubigny, Alexandre Decamps, Jean-Léon Gérôme and others.

The official musée Bossuet

The city of Meaux on the musée Bossuet

The Meaux tourist office on the musée Bossuet

This again is a must to see in Meaux, my dear city in Seine et Marne dept 77 of the region of Ïle de France. Enjoy this Bossuet museum is neat and surrounded by wonderful architecture and historical buildings.

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

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