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Medieval Splendours. The Duclaux Collection under the Spotlight

Musée des Beaux-Arts

9 November 2018–24 February 2019

This exhibition showcases the collection of Daniel Duclaux (1910-1999), an industrialist and arts lover, who built up a rich collection of art and books, mainly from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. His widow, Marie Duclaux, donated her husband’s collection to the City of Angers in 2002, as well as the Château de Villevêque, where the couple once lived. This museum-château opened its doors to the public in 2003 and presents just a part of Daniel Duclaux’s collection. Other objets d’art are exhibited elsewhere, such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts.  
The aim of this exhibition is to provide the widest possible overview of the collection, to pay tribute to this generous donor and to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the opening of the Musée-Château de Villevêque. The Duclaux Collection comprises 900 pieces, including some exceptional works like the Vierge de l’Annonciation (Virgin of the Annunciation) attributed to Jacopo della Quercia from the Siena school (15th century), Gothic capitals coming from the Cloître d’Elne (cloister) in the Pyrénées-Orientales (14th century), a Venitian gadroon bowl in copper painted with enamel dating from the 15th century, and a tapestry from Tournai’s ateliers from the early 16th century titled La Condamnation de Banquet.
This exhibition is also the opportunity to carry out some restoration work, to renew our pedagogical resources and the scenographic materials at the Château de Villevêque.

With the support of the State - Direction régionale des affaires culturelles (DRAC) des Pays de la Loire
And our sponsors: Fives ECL and Madavin




AROUND THE EXHIBITION
Exhibition guide and games booklet available, resources available free of charge
Guided visits, conferences, family activities, events…

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