Lille's Fine Arts Museum (The Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille)

The Old Women by Goya
Ever wondered where this surreal Goya's black-period "The Old Women" painting is? It's in Lille's Fine Arts Museum, as well as many other magnificent works - an amazing collection for a city of 1.2 mln!

The Museum is the largest outside Paris and hosts a very decent collection of paintings. Housed in a beautiful belle-epoque palace built in late 19th century specifically for the museum, it overlooks an equally beautiful Place Republique.

The art collection represents a wide panorama of artistic highlights from the 12th to the 20th century. I embody its Gothic collection with a Bosch-like "La chute des réprouvés" (15th cc) by D. Bout. The 16-20th centuries collections are more varied and plentiful, arranged by schools and location. There are a few magnificent works by Rubens and his workshop. The Spaniards are represented by Goya, El Greco, and Ribera; 16th - 18th century Italy: Venice, Tintoretto, Bassano; Romantists represented by Delacroix, Neo-Classisism represented by David, and much, much more!

The antiquity collection was much more fun for the kids - ancient Greece and Egypt, always a hit!

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The Museum's ceiling

The Museum's tiled floor

The reflection of the museum in the back building's windows

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