Experience the world of plants through 12 pieces of art from the museum's collections. From Antiquity to the 20th century, as civilizations progressed, discover the importance of plants and flowers as endless sources of inspiration for artists. The audio tracks stored on the museum's audio guide expand on the work in the gallery.
The blue lotus, with its golden yellow stamens, is a symbol of life and rebirth. According to certain religious traditions it is said to have been the first flower, and the morning sun appeared in it above the waters at the beginning of the world.
For ancient Egyptians, its blooming symbolized the birth of the divine being. This is why it often features in votive and funerary scenes.
Lyon Museum of Fine Arts
Route design: Véronique Moreno-Lourtau - cultural department.
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Photos: © MBA Lyon - Alain Basset, Stéphane Degroisse, Mathilde Hospital