Welcome! The Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in France and Europe. It is in a magnificent 17th century building, located in the center of Lyon, between the Rhone and the Saone. Spread across 70 rooms, its collections offer visitors an exceptional journey from classical Antiquity right through to modern art. The museum is regularly expanded thanks to an active acquisitions policy, which, above all, solicits donations from art lovers, collectors, and descendants of artists. The museum is a place of life. One hundred and thirty people work there everyday, welcoming you to its collections and exhibitions. The audio tracks stored on the museum's audio guide expand on the work in the gallery.
On the request of the Benedictine monks from the city of Perugia in 1495, Perugino devoted 3 years to the creation of an altarpiece for the high altar in their church.
The deadlines, iconography, and even the materials to be used were precisely detailed in the contract. Of the 15 elements that make up the ensemble, only the central part and the bezel, representing the Ascension of Christ, are preserved in the Museum of Lyon today.
A group of mysterious young girls seem to be devoted to harvesting fruit, among branches of plants. Their feet are firmly anchored to the red ground. A yellow sky is shown behind them. Their stillness and their monumentality, the stylization of forms, the rhythm of the frieze elements and the palette of colors are reminiscent of ancient or so-called "primitive" representations.
In his work, Gauguin evokes exotic and timeless insight, based on what he perceives around him: between poetic ideals and melancholic heaviness, between delight and sadness. These fixed, distant, silent figures with downcast eyes and serious faces may be a revealing depiction of the isolation suffered by the artist, who was ill at the time.
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