Yesterday I went to the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts Museum) of Rennes with two friends.
In France, going to the Fine Arts Museums (all of them) is free for Art/Art History students upon presentation of the student card. So cool !
A bas-relief/low-relief portraying a warrior on a chariot. 1st - 2nd century AD. Collection Campana.
Coptic clothes. 6th - 10th century AD.
An Ancient Greece pelike (that is to say a wide-mouthed amphora used for holding wine) portraying Dionysus and a Maenad. Circa 510 AD.
A fragment of an Egyptian bas-relief/low-relief.
There was an exhibition called "Mon nom est Personne" (My name is Nobody) in the museum ; it dealt with the numerous paintings of which we do not know the name of the artist, either because the latter wanted to stay anonymous or because the signature is illegible.
Here is an overview of the exhibition.
A painting with no title. 17th century AD.
Many paintings suffered from the ravages of time.
Jésus au désert servi par les anges 17th century AD.
Saint-Alexis mort 17th century AD.
I like how the painter represented the protagonist's face.
After attending the exhibition, we kept visiting the museum.
Here is an oil and enamel painting portraying an Albatros and a Sopwith Pup deconstructed.
Albatros with Sopwith Pup by Malcolm Morley, 2001.
This one made me think of a chocobo !
L'Échassier by César Baldaccini, 1969.
This painting is more sexual than it appears… the title translates to "My fingers still smell like her sex".
Mes doigts sentent encore son sexe by Gérard Schlosser, 1983.
This room is dedicated to paintings from the 16th century.
There is a nice mise en abyme in this painting : it portrays Luke the Evangelist (the patron saint of artists) as an artist painting the Virgin in a paint workshop.
Saint-Luc peignant la Vierge by Maarten van Heemskerck, circa 1553.
Here is a first detail…
Here is a second one.
What do you think of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of Rennes ?
Do you enjoy going to museums ?