"Visit the Goya Museum in the Bishop's Palace" Castres Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Castres Things to Do: 8 reviews and 33 photos

  Gallery & Museum Entry (distant center)
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  • Gallery & Museum Entry (distant center) - Castres
      Gallery & Museum Entry (distant center)
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  • Bishop's Palace, Gardens & Fountain - Castres
      Bishop's Palace, Gardens & Fountain
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  • Hotel de Ville Entrance into Palace - Castres
      Hotel de Ville Entrance into Palace
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  • Carved Door Lintel Decoration - Castres
      Carved Door Lintel Decoration
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The Bishop's Palace was started in 1666 according to plans of J. Hardouin-Mansart and Le Notre was commissioned to create the gardens. It became a museum in 1840. The son of a local painter and collector Marcel Briguiboul, donated his father's Spanish collection and personal works to the city (1893). In this treasure are 3 quality Goya paintings, plus 4 series of his etchings (the Caprices alone number 80). All of these and some late lithographs are displayed! Goya started on this aspect of his work late (1892) and is the greatest worker in this medium after Rembrandt. Moreover , it is at this time that his world view changed (depression and deafness), and the works are quirky and fanciful. They have influenced all of art since then. You may have trouble tearing yourself away. We had never seen such a display before! The rest of the Spanish collection is a brief overview of Spanish painting from the 14-20C, from Pacheco to Picasso. At least one of each artist,they are of modest quality (the Velasquez may be a contemporary copy). Photography is rigorously prohibited (checked on entry). Of course note the quality of the building and in its courtyard the belfry of the old Abbey church. Alongside the building is a gallery that is an extension of an old church cloister. The other end of the building contains the Hotel de Ville and on the second floor a small museum in honor of the sociologist Jean Juarez, a native son and valiant pleader for Dreyfus. He was assassinated in his prime. (We did not have time to look in).

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  • Written Sep 2, 2009
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