The Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes

The Museum of Fine Arts is in the centre of Rennes, alongside the River Vilaine, and a wonderful way of spending a few hours in the City.

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The building and the exhibits are all of a very high quality but a few things in particular caught my eye.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes

The department of Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman artifacts is beautiful, and wonderfully displayed – there is space and time to linger and inspect just enough high quality items. I had forgotten just how fine hieroglyphics are. There are mummified bodies, and animals, and a beautiful lid from a canopic jar – used to store internal organs from mummified bodies. The Etruscan artifacts, particularly an urn, were elegant.

Lid from canopic jar
Lid from canopic jar
Etruscan urn
Etruscan urn

Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes

The fine paintings include an extraordinary Georges de la TourThe New Born, dating from the 1640s. The catch light in the eye of the woman on the left is amazing – his entire depiction of light is extraordinary. And just look at the hands.

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Detail from 'The New Born', Georges de la Tour Detail from 'The New Born', Georges de la Tour

I loved this portrait of a woman by Adriaen Thomasz Key (c.1544-c.90). I thought it was wonderfully realistic – she could be alive today – and came from a time when not all portraits set out to depict the truth.

Portrait of a Woman, Adriaen Thomasz Key (c.1544-c.90)

Pictures of Breton life and landscape were numerous, and interesting.

Alexandre Sege, 'The Pines of Pledeliac', 1874
Alexandre Sege, ‘The Pines of Pledeliac’, 1874
Charles Cottet, 'Women of Plougastel at the Pardon of Sainte Anne of Palud', 1903
Charles Cottet, ‘Women of Plougastel at the Pardon of Sainte Anne of Palud’, 1903

And as we left I loved this light display.

Light display, Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes

Leaving the Museum of Fine Arts, Rennes.

12 comments

  1. Thank you. I knew of Georges de la Tour, and had seen reproductions of his paintings but this was the first time I saw a real painting, and it was quite wonderful. I couldn’t understand how he had made the painting – close up it ‘disappeared’ – extraordinary. It is a marvellous museum.

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